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Henry II, lead trial-piece

England, Henry II (1154-89), lead trial-piece struck from dies of Cross-and-Crosslets (Tealby) class F (c. 1174-1180), Thetford mint, moneyer Turstain, 12.65g. Found at Joe Blunt’s Lane, Thetford, Norfolk, September/October 2002.

An important find, apparently resulting from the use of a piece of lead to test the dies received by one of Thetford’s moneyers in last years of the existence of the Thetford mint. One other trial-piece of this coinage is known, found recently in excavations at Canterbury.

(CM.1970-2003)

Purchased from the Coins and Medals Fund