York, Girard -
Cut Halfpenny, York group, ‘Ornamented’ series, bust right with lis-headed sceptre, reads [S]TIEFNE, rev. cross fourchée, pellet in cross-ends and centre, lis in angles, GIRARD reading outwards in ornamental letters, 0.65g/2h (Mack –; N –; S 1314). Very rare. Although of similar design to the Lincoln pence (Mack 169ff), this coin is of markedly finer style, particularly the unusually ornate reverse lettering. Gerard is a known moneyer for Stephen at Ipswich in class 2 and Hedon in class 7. Images courtesy of DNW, lot 1021, 12th June 2013.