||John (1199-1216) Penny c.1204-09, London mint, Ricard as moneyer, North-970 var, S-1351 var, AU50 NGC. h?NRICVS R | ?X, crowned bust facing with scepter in right hand / + RICARD ? ON ? LVN, voided short cross with quatrefoils in angles. This example appears to be a transitional issue between Class 5a2 and 5b. The eyes are oval-shaped and the initial mark on the reverse is a cross pomm?e, conforming to 5a2, while the S's are the central pellet types of 5b. An unusual variety with no part of the legends off-flan.
Realized $558.13. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.