English Hammered Silver Plantagenet Coins 1154-1307
The royal house of Plantagenet held the English throne from 1154 (Henry II) through to 1485 (Richard III).
The numismatic history begins with Henry II's first reform of the English coinage in 1158 when the Cross and Crosslets "Tealby" coinage was issued. The standard of production was generally awful, well struck coins with a readable legend and good portrait are rare and highly sought after.
In 1180 Henry II further reformed the English hammered silver coinage with the issue of the Short Cross penny. The short cross penny was issued through the reigns of Henry II, Richard I, King John and Henry III until the introduction of the Long Cross penny in 1247.