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Henry VIII gold Crown of the Double Rose

Henry VIII (1509-47), gold Crown of the Double Rose of five shillings, struck in 22 carat crown gold, second coinage (1526-44), large crowned rose, crowned h to left, crowned K to right for Queen Katherine of Aragon, beaded circle surrounding, Lombardic lettering, initial mark lis (1529-32) both sides, hEnRIC'x VIII9x RVTILAnSx ROSAx SIEx SPIA, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, crowned h to left, crowned K to right, DEIxx G'xx Rxx AGLIE'xx Zxx FRAnC'xx DnS' xx hIBERnI, 3.69g (Schneider 586; N.1788; S.2274). Weakly struck in parts mainly on reverse, rim a little uneven, otherwise good very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Henry VIII a dazzling rose without a thorn"; and on the reverse "by the grace of God, King of England and France, Lord of Ireland".

Provenance:

Ex Dr Ernest Christian Carter, Collection purchased by A H Baldwin, 1950.

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