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CG04714

Henry VI Groat Rosette Mascle Issue, Calais Mint

Henry VI, first reign (1422-61), silver Groat of Fourpence, rosette mascle issue (1430-31), Calais Mint, facing crowned bust, within double tressure of nine arcs, fleurs on six cusps, beaded circles and legend surrounding, rosette stops with mascle both sides, initial mark cross patonce (1427-34), hEnRIC* DI* GRA* REX<> AnGL'* Z* FRAnC, rev. long cross pattee, tri-pellets in each inner angle, beaded circles and double concentric legends surrounding, VIL <>LAxx CALI SIE*, outer legend initial mark plain cross, +POSVI* DEVmxx A DIVTOR Ex mEVm, weight 3.69g (N.1446; S.1859). Toned, a broad strike with one tiny rim split, with a good portrait with detail complimented by toning contrast, a bold very fine.

The Latin abbreviated legend translates as "Henry, by the grace of God, King of England and France," and on the reverse "I have made God my helper," a Psalm from the Bible, with "Town of Calais" on the inner circle.

Provenance:

Ex Angel Coins, Oxford, February 2001.

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