Henry III Long Cross Cut Halfpenny, FINE

In the middle of Henry III’s reign, in 1247, a new penny called the “Long Cross” Penny was struck. They were struck at 20 mints across the country, most being struck at London. The obverse has a portrait of the King, the reverse depicts a “Long Cross” extending to the edge of the coin, this allowed the mint (and possibly traders) to cut pennies into halves and quarters and used as change. We’re offering these fascinating medieval Cut Halfpennies in Fine condition at £32.50 each. Please Note: PHOTOGRAPHY IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COIN SUPPLIED
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SKU: XHC0958


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