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CG03974

Henry VI Halfpenny cross pellet issue with mullet stop hnRIC reading

Henry VI, first reign (1422-61), silver Halfpenny, London Mint, cross pellet issue (1454-61), facing crowned head of King, saltire cross on neck, pellet either side of crown, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding both sides, initial mark plain cross, mullet stops, hnRIC'* REX ANGLI, rev. long cross pattee, trio of pellets in each angle, no extra pellets, CIVI TAS LOn DOn, weight 0.36g (Withers SPM.3a; N.1524; S.1943). Two small rim splits, attractive dark tone, reverse cross ghosts through to obverse with associated weakness, otherwise a bold very fine and scarce last issue for this reign.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Henry, by the Grace of God, King of England" and on the reverse "City of London."

The King's name clearly reads hnRIC rather than hERIC given in Withers for this variety.

Provenance:

With old Spink ticket in the hand of May Sinclair circa 1994 priced at £75.

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