​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

H3 Chronology
1278

May

At Bury, John de Burnedisse was succeeded by Joceus de Kyrkstone. Ion’s last coins and Ioce’s first are class 7

May 18

In London Reginald FitzHenry was succeeded by Philip de Cambio. Renaud’s last coins were class 7; Phelip’s first were also

Nov.

Between 1275 and 1278 the state of the English coinage was in crisis - inflation was severe, foreign trade was in decline as

traders would not accept poor quality English coins, and a majority of coins had been clipped. In response to the crisis, on 17

November 1278 all the Jews in England were unexpectedly seized and imprisoned on the charge of coin clipping. Immediately

after, all goldsmiths and others suspected of encouraging the clipping of coins were arrested. Finally, the net was closed and

all mint officials were arrested.



Nov.

All English mints closed and were not reopened until the new coinage of Edward I was struck in 1279.

Nov.

London Mint - Phillip de Cambio executed.... In 1279 Philip de Cambio, the chief moneyer, was accused of adding more than the

legal amount of alloy to the silver from which he made money and the assayers, William Harlewyn and Thomas de Brancestre,

were accused of collusion by accepting his coins which they ought to have rejected as false. Both Philip de Cambio and William

Harlewyn were drawn and hanged, while Thomas de Brancestre and a number of other guilty mint officials were able to escape

death by claiming clerical status.

Chronology - Selected Key Events in the Reign of Henry III as well as dating information for the Voided Long Cross Pennies.