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BM03014

Henry VIII Groat 3rd coinage, superb portrait

Henry VIII (1509-47), silver Groat, Tower Mint, bust 1, right ¾ facing crowned bust in ruff, beaded circle and Latin legend surrounding, initial mark lis (1544-47) both sides, lombardic lettering both sides, hEnRIC'x 8x D'x G'x AGL'x FRA'x Zx hIB'x REX, rev. long cross fourchee over quartered shield of arms, annulet in each fork, beaded circles and legend surrounding, +POSVI DEV'x' A DIVTOR E'x' mEV, weight 2.29g (N.1844; S.2369). Toned, edge a little ragged in parts, otherwise with a superb portrait, almost extremely fine and highly desirable as such.

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

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin, Fixed Price List, Winter 2007, item BH059.

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