​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

Page updated Nov 6th 2016

Class 3a2

Tomas

- The Archbishop's Moneyer


Obv: HENRICUS REX : III', mintmark 3*

Rev: TOM/ASO/NEV/ERW with ER ligated.


C/T Type: Y.25


Notes: Round eyes, strokes on beard.  

Ten of these 2b2 coins of Tomas recorded in the Brussels Hoard, four of this variety.

Image courtesy of DNW.  Auction: 12th June 2013, Lot #987 

Coin Ref # YKTM3001

Class 3ab1

Jon (John Selby)


Obv: hEHRICUS REX III'.   - HR ligated, pellet after REX


Rev:ION/ONE/VER/WIC - 2q ON ligated

RIC: 7.5-8.5


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........89 

Number of different C&T types in BH.......7

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin...Y.35 

Number of coins of this type in BH..........73  


Notes:   Images courtesy of the finder of the 2015 Bridgnorth Area Hoard.  [Finder's ref # 7]

Class 3a1

Jeremie (Jeremy Louth of Bedegate)


Obv: hENRICUS REX III'.   - HR ligated, pellet after REX


Rev: IERE/MIE/ONE/VER - ER & ON ligated.

RIC: 7.5-8.5


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........29

Number of different C&T types in BH.......5

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin... Y.16

Number of coins of this type in BH.......... 5

Weight ................................................1.49 gm


Notes:  ex Lord Stewartby, coin auctioned by Spink, June 2016, lot 626a.  Images courtesy of Mark Winiger. 

Coin Ref # YKJN3002

Coin Ref # YKJM3082

Coin Ref # YKJN3038

Class 3ab1

Jon (John Selby)


Obv: hEHRICUS REX III - with pellet after REX
Rev:  ION/OHE/VER/WIC - with OH ligated


C/T sub-type: N/A 


Notes: This was advertised as Class 3ab1, C/T type Y35,but the reverse wording does not match any of the documented reverse wordings for class 3ab1.  It is closer to some of the class 3a1 wordings (Y17-Y19).  Image courtesy of A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd, London, coin ex Brussels Hoard and offered at Baldwin's Auction #77, Sept. 2012, Lot #2523

Coin Ref # YKJM3001

Coin Ref # YKAL3002

Class 3a2

Jeremie (Jeremy Louth of Bedegate)


Obv: hEHRICUS REX.III  -  Note mintmark type 3*.
Rev:  IERE/MIE/ONE/VER ER and ON ligated.


C/T sub-type: Y.20


Notes: Seven specimens/Two types present in BH; six of this particular type.   Image courtesy of A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd, London, coin ex Brussels Hoard and sold at Baldwin's Auction #77, Sept. 2012, Lot #2522

Class 3a1

Alein (Alan Sampson)


Obv: hENRICVS REX III​
Rev:  ALA/IHO/HEV/ERW - note the H in 2q and that ER in 4q is not ligated.


C/T sub-type: Y.10


Notes: Weakly struck, almost very fine, the rarest of the York moneyers, one of nine in the Brussels Hoard. There are three types present in the BH; this type having 6 specimens.   Image courtesy of A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd, London, coin ex Brussels Hoard and sold at Baldwin's Auction #77, Sept. 2012, Lot #2521

York Mint - Classes 3a, 3ab




The mint in York was set up prior to the Viking invasions of England and coins continued to be produced there throughout the Saxon and Norman periods - with the Archbishop claiming rights to two dies until the late 13th century.   

During the production of Henry III pennies, in addition to the Archbishop's moneyer Thomas, there were four moneyers appointed to the Royal mint. These being Alan Sampson, Jeremy Louth, John Selby and Rayner Taliator. The Royal moneyers produced pennies from class 2b onwards, but very little after class 3b. The archbishop's moneyer Thomas has no coins recorded in the Brussels Hoard until class 3a2, but was most prolific issuing class 3b and 3bc  pennies, and he is the only moneyer recorded for class 3c in the Brussels Hoard.