Henry III - Long Cross - Class 3a2
A new subclass introduced by Churchill and Thomas. Many of the coins appear similar to class 3c pennies, however the 3a2 coins have initial mark type 3* - a sharp pointed star, but with the lower ray pointing down towards central crown ornament. If the initial mark is unclear the eyes can be helpful: 3a2 eyes are generally round, but made up of two arcs enclosing a pellet, and in contrast 3c eyes are a round annulet enclosing a pellet.
3a2 was issued at London, Canterbury and Bury, and the provincial mints of Lincoln, Exeter, Winchester, Gloucester, Oxford, York, Norwich and Ilchester - the latter being particularly rare. London & Canterbury examples are shown below.