Medieval silver Halfpenny of King Henry III Canterbury

Medieval silver Halfpenny of King Henry III Canterbury

Code: 12277

£18.95 Approx $23.99, €22.11
 

This is a medieval silver halfpenny of King Henry III, struck at the Canterbury mint between 1247 - 1272 AD.

Obverse: hЄNRICVS RЄX | III "King Henry the Third" Legend around crowned facing portrait, with sceptre in right hand.

Reverse: ------- ON CANT "-------of Canterbury"

This coin started life as a penny, but it was necessitated in trade to chop the coins into smaller fractional denominations as halfpennies and farthings. These coins were legal tender and a halfpenny was simply a penny cut in half, whilst farthings (four things) were divided into four parts. 

DENOMINATION: Halfpenny

CULTUREMedieval England

MONARCH: Henry III

DATE: 1216 - 1272 AD (this coin was minted between 1247 - 1272 AD)

MATERIALSilver

SIZE: 18mm x 9mm 

WEIGHT: 0.75 grams

ATTRIBUTION: Spink 1373

PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, in Cambridgeshire.