​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

Class 2a (Late)

Nicole


Obv: hEHRICUS REX TERCI', with HR & ER both ligated.  Three pellets under crown. Initial mark type 2 indicates this is still a class 2a coin, although it has X type 2 rather than type 4. It can be considered a transition type between class 2a and 2b2. Note the class 1 style bust rather than the 2b style.


Rev: HIC/OLE/OHL/VHD - no ligations. Note the small pellets inside each group of three. RIC: 8-9.5.


Coins of class 2a & this moneyer in BH.....70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... L.117

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 18


Notes:  An interesting coin - There is still much to discover regarding the transition from class 2a to classes 2b1 and 2b2.

Coin Ref # LNNC2062

Data taken from Churchill and Thomas (2012) Brussels Hoard publication.

Class 2a

Nicole


Obv: hEHRICVS REX TERCI',  initial mark type 2. X type 4.  Five pellets below crown. Note the pellet before REX.


Rev: HIC/OLE]/OHL/VHD

RIC ~9 pellets/quad. 


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin..  L.108 sim.

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 0


Notes:  Unusual obverse text having the pellet before REX. Images courtesy of an anonymous collector. 

Coin Ref # LNNC2118

a) 5 Pellets Below Crown

A Look at The Reverse Lettering - London, Class 2, Nicole

Class 2a 

Nicole


Obv: [hEH]RICUS REX TERCI'.  Five pellets under the crown. Initial mark type unclear.  Note the pellet before REX - this feature also seen on the coin above, LNNC2001, but generally not on other 2a coins illustrated here.


Rev: HIC/OLE/OHE/LVH - with no ligations. 

RIC ~10.


Coins of class 2a & this moneyer in BH.....70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... L.109

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 7


Notes:  Not in great condition, but a scarce coin, purchased on Ebay by the author, August 2017.

Class 2 - HIC/OLE/OHL/VHD - and it's variants

Page updated: Aug 18th 2017

Coin Ref # LNNC2001

Coin Ref # LNNC2117

Die cutters used, apparently at random,  an "N" or alternatively an "H" for the letter N throughout the voided long cross series. In looking at the statistics for the class 2 coins of Nicole in the Brussels Hoard it seems that usually an H alone was used - but occasionally a mix of N and H is seen.


For class 2, over 86% of the London/Nicole pennies use all "H"s - with the next 7% being HHN (i.e. HIC/OLE/OHL/VND); other combinations are much scarcer, and collectors should look out for these. 


The relative balance between the different types changes through time, with NNN being dominant by the time of class 5b2.

 

c) 3 Pellets Below Crown

(Probably later than 5 pellet types)

Coin Ref # LNNC2003

Class 2a (Late)

Nicole


Obv: hENRICUS REX TERCI', with NR & ER both ligated.  Three pellets under crown. Initial mark type appears to be type 3, X type 4.  Note the bust style.


Rev: HIC/OLE/OHL/VHD - with HD ligated. RIC: 8.5-9.


Coins of class 2a & this moneyer in BH.....70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... 

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 

Weight .................................................. 1.38 gm


Notes:  Another interesting coin - offered on Ebay, September 2016.

Class 2a

Nicole

Obv: hEHRICUS REX TERCI    

Rev: HIC/OLC/OHE/LVH

C/T type: Similar to L.109, but no direct match in the Brussels Hoard


Notes: Class 2a coins from London are not normally rare - there were 70 found in the Brussels Hoard, however there were 10 different varieties present, differentiated not only by the reverse lettering but also by the number of pellets under the crown: three or five. Some varieties were only present in single examples. This particular coin may be even scarcer, being of a variety unseen in the hoard - it is similar to L.109 but differs by clearly having OLC in the 2nd quadrant of the reverse legend instead of OLE.  Image courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb,  DNW Auction, Dec 4th 2013, part of lot 2319.   

Class 2a

Nicole


Obv: hEHRICVS REX TERCI'.  Initial mark type 2. X type 4.  Five pellets below crown. Portrait of class 1 style.​


Rev: HIC/OLE/OHL/VHD - no ligations. RIC 9-10 pellets/quad. 


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.. L.108

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 34

Weight .................................................. 1.44 gm


Notes:  Ex Lord Stewartby collection, auctioned by Spink, June 2016, lot # 611a.

Coin Ref # LNNC2096

b) 5 Pellets Below Crown, and London shown as "LVH"

Coin Ref # LNNC2095

Class 2a

Nicole


Obv: hEHRICVS REX TERCI'.  Initial mark type 2. X type 4?.  Five pellets below crown. Portrait of class 1 style.​


Rev: HIC/OLE/OHL/VHD - no ligations. RIC 9-10 pellets/quad. 


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.. L.108

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 34


Notes:  Purchased from Hall's Hammered Coins, HHC 2944, Sept. 2016, in author's collection.

Coin Ref # LNNC2006.

Class 2a

Nicole


Obv: hEHRICVS REX TERC', The "I" is absent. Initial mark type 2. X type 4.  Five pellets below crown, though central one is faint.   Portrait of class 1 style.​


Rev: HIC/OH[E]/[OHL]/VHD - Legend error.  

RIC 9.5-10 pellets/quad. 


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 70

Number of different C&T types in BH....... 10

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.. L.111 sim.

Number of coins of this type in BH: ......... 1

Weight ..................................................1.44 gm


Notes:  Similar to C/T type L.111, but different spelling of TERCI.    Ex. York coins. 

The above table gives data from the Brussels Hoard specimens analysed by Churchill and Thomas (2012) for just class 2a... whereas the other charts shown here provide data for the whole of class 2.


In class 2, London is normally written as LVHD or LVND, however there is one example where the crossbar of an H/N has been omitted, and a very few examples where London has deliberately been spelled differently as LVH. These latter coins are scarce - I have one example illustrated on the 1b/2 mules page, as well as several examples below.

Note: The "Coin Ref #" given below each coin relates to the specific coin not to the type of coin.  It is provided as an aid to communication for anyone wishing to refer to a specific coin on this website.

London Mint: Class 2a