Voided Long Cross Sterlings

Continental Imitations

Bernhard III, Lord of Lippe

Coat of arms of Lippe.

Bernard III, Lord of Lippe (c. 1194 - c. 1265) was a German nobleman. He was the ruling Lord of Lippe from 1229 until his death.
Bernard III was the son of Lord Herman II and his wife, Oda of Tecklenburg. His father fell in battle in 1229, and Bernard III succeeded him as Lord of Lippe. After 1232, he would style himself by the grace of God, and sometimes Count of Lippe.
Bernard was bellicose, like his brothers and his grandfather Bernard I. He was diocesan administrator of the Bishopric of Paderborn from 1254 to 1256. Some authors consider him the founder of Lippe as a territorial entity. Via his brother, Bishop Simon I of Paderbron he acquired furthers offices, and reorganized the church in his principality.
He promoted the cities of Horn and Blomberg. He had a dispute with the city of Lippstadt, because it would not allow him to build a castle. He also fought feuds against the cities of Ravensberg and Sternberg, and against the House of Waldeck. His frequent feuds weakened the House of Lippe.

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Sterling, Bernhard III of Lippe, Lemgo, ca. 1252-1265, Ihl Lemgo Emission 6 A1-R?

Reign/Issue Authority:Bernhard III of Lippe
Denomination/Type:Sterling
Mint:Lemgo
Issue date:Ca. 1252-1265
Weight:1,29 gr
Diameter:18 mm
Rarity:R4
Reference:Ihl Lemgo Emission 6 A1-R?
Catalogue #:0163
Obverse description:Crowned bust facing with sceptre in right hand.
Obverse legend:BЄ RNH+AR III
Reverse description:Long cross voided with three pellets in each angle; rosette of pellets in centre.
Reverse legend:hЄN RIO NLV NDЄ
Extra info:

Half sterling, Bernhard III of Lippe, Lemgo, ca. 1252-1265, Ihl Lemgo Emission 6 A2-R3

Reign/Issue Authority:Bernhard III of Lippe
Denomination/Type:Half sterling
Mint:Lemgo
Issue date:Ca. 1252-1265
Weight:0,44 gr
Diameter:8x18 mm
Rarity:R4
Reference:Ihl Lemgo Emission 6 A2-R3, Chautard 423var, UKDFD Ref. No. - 31846
Catalogue #:0115
Obverse description:Crowned bust facing with sceptre in right hand.
Obverse legend:[BЄ RNH]ART III
Reverse description:Long cross voided with three pellets in each angle; rosette of pellets in centre.
Reverse legend:hЄN [RIO NLV] NDЄ
Extra info:Although clearly imitative, the coin does carry the name of the issuer, and the reverse differs from its English counterpart in having a rosette of pellets (the heraldic device of Lippe) at the centre of the cross. On the basis of the Chautard illustration (see References below), the full obverse and reverse legends would read BERNHART III and HENRI ON LVNDE respectively.
Although the regnal number is given as III, J J North (Some Imitations and Forgeries of the English and Irish Long Cross Pence of Henry III, BNJ 65, 1995) suggests that this might have been a ruse to make the terminal letters more closely resemble the prototype, and not necessarily a firm indication of issue by Bernhard III rather than his successor (source).