The coin is an issue of Henry II (1154 – 1189) and is known as a Tealby penny. Tealby pennies are a relatively common find but they are rarely preserved in such good condition as the example that was found. It is thought that the coin was struck at the Canterbury mint due to the reference to CANT on the reverse.
Tealby pennies were produced, as with most English coins up to the year 1662, by hand-hammering – a silver blank being placed between a pair of engraved iron dies and struck with a hammer to produce an image on each side of it, thus creating a coin.
Find out more about this find at the Cotswold Archaeology website.
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