Henry III long cross pennies

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These and early Edwards are the most common hammered coin finds and they aren't actually difficult to divide off into one of seven different groups. I'm a total duffer with these and hammered in general but there's not that much to geting the basic class.

If there is no sceptre on the obverse your coin belongs to classes 1, 2 or 3.
Legend begins at 1 o'clock (see arrow) as follows (Class 3 used as an example) :
no sceptre  (class 3).jpg
Class 1: hENRICVS REX, hENRICVS REX AN, hENRICVS REX ANG
Class 2: hENRICVS REX TERC, hENRICVS REX TERCI
Class 3: hENRICVS REX III (as in the example).

If there is a sceptre and the word REX is to the left of it, your coins belongs to class 4
Legend begins at 1 o'clock: hENRICVS REX III with REX to the left of the sceptre
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If there is a sceptre and the numeral III is to the left of it, your coin belongs to groups 5, 6 or 7.
Legend begins at 10 o'clock (see arrow): hENRICVS REX III (class 5 used as an example)
class 5.jpg
Class 5: Has crude hair curls represented by pellets within half moons
Class 6: Has more realistic hair but the bust is definitely dodgy
Class 7: Both hair and bust are finer.

NB: While the "III" looks like "IIP", the 'P' is actually the last of the numerals next to the half-moon which forms part of the mint mark.

In order to further refine your coin ID into the appropriate subclass, Henry3.com is a good site. :thumbsup:
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