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 Posted 06/16/2020  3:57 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Hogarth to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I posted these in Ancient and Medieval, but there's no harm in asking here too.
Can anyone positively ID these? Possibly legend reading SPI between nine and noon on the obverse of each. 10mm at their broadest points.
Tiny wee things. A slight gust of wind would probably blow them away.
Thanks all.


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 Posted 06/17/2020  04:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hogarth to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Following a bit of research the 'SPI' visible on the obverse suggests these are Henry VIII halfpennies of 1526-44. Can anyone confirm this?
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 Posted 06/17/2020  05:14 am  Show Profile   Check PaddyB's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add PaddyB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Certainly looks to be a good bet for Henry VIII Halfpennies from the second coinage - 1526-1544.
Left one appears to have no identifying letters, making it London mint - S2356 probably.
Right hand one has letters either side of the bust, but I can't work out what they are the remains of! WA or TC would be Canterbury, TW or EL would be York. The mintmarks above the king's head are also indecipherable to me.
The SPI certainly fits to be part of ROSA SIE SPINA - part of the legend for Henry VIII second coinage.

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 Posted 06/17/2020  06:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hogarth to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great. Thanks Paddy. Yes, I'm pretty sure you're right about the coin on the left as, having flipped the photo of it's reverse, I think I see 'London' in the legend (below).
Such tiny, frail, poorly struck, things even the Spink illustration coin isn't much better than my two. As I type I'm also looking at the farthing photo (2362). How on earth did these things ever serve as currency? You might imagine yourself broke only then to find several trapped in the lining of your clothing.
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06/17/2020 06:13 am
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