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GB 1216-72 Henry III Halfpenny Longcross Fine

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Price: $99.00 Product Code: 17230
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A fantastic opportunity to hold the history of medieval England in your hands, Downies is delighted to offer collectors these Henry III Long Cross Halfpennies in Fair to Fine quality! Part of a recent hoard find, these richly historic coins are available at a surprisingly affordable $99 apiece!


Introduced in the 8th century, the penny was England's standard coin for nearly 500 years - indeed, it was virtually England's only coin! Apart from a few exceptionally rare gold issues, and the very occasional striking of halfpennies, the penny was the sole denomination until the end of the 13th century.

The penny - which was a day's wage for a skilled labourer in medieval times, and could buy 24 eggs, two large loaves of bread or nine litres of ale! - represented too much spending power to be used in many day-to-day transactions. Due to the cost and difficulty in striking small coins, mints were unwilling to issue lower denominations. The answer? The Mints cut pennies in half to create halfpennies! Although a serious breach of the law, people also created 'homemade' halfpennies.

The practice had begun in 973AD, when the introduction of the cross design helped facilitate accurate cutting. 'Short Cross' pennies were first issued during the reign of Henry II, with 'Long Cross' pennies supplanting the type during the reign of Henry III in an attempt to thwart people illegally 'clipping' the coins for the silver.

An unmissable opportunity, we recommend you do not delay your order!



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Introduced in the 8th century, the penny was England's standard coin for nearly 500 years - indeed, it was virtually England's only coin! Apart from a few exceptionally rare gold issues, and the very occasional striking of halfpennies, the penny was the sole denomination until the end of the 13th century.

The penny - which was a day's wage for a skilled labourer in medieval times, and could buy 24 eggs, two large loaves of bread or nine litres of ale! - represented too much spending power to be used in many day-to-day transactions. Due to the cost and difficulty in striking small coins, mints were unwilling to issue lower denominations. The answer? The Mints cut pennies in half to create halfpennies! Although a serious breach of the law, people also created 'homemade' halfpennies.

The practice had begun in 973AD, when the introduction of the cross design helped facilitate accurate cutting. 'Short Cross' pennies were first issued during the reign of Henry II, with 'Long Cross' pennies supplanting the type during the reign of Henry III in an attempt to thwart people illegally 'clipping' the coins for the silver.

An unmissable opportunity, we recommend you do not delay your order!
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