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HM32186

Henry VIII Half-Sovereign, posthumous issue under Edward VI, AU53

Henry VIII (1509-47), gold Half Sovereign, posthumous issue under Edward VI (1547-51), Southwark Mint, facing crowned robed figure of young boy King on ornate throne, holding orb and sceptre, rose below, Latin legend in name of Henry VIII, with Roman lettering and beaded border surrounding, lozenge stops, initial mark E both sides, E. HENRIC' 8. DEI; GRA' AGL'. FRANC. Z. HIB. REX:, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, with lion and dragon supporters, E below shield, HR on banner below, legend with Roman lettering and beaded border surrounding, E.IHS. AVTEM. TRANSIENS. PER MEDI. ILLOR. IBAT, weight 5.59g (Schneider 666; N.1866; S.2394). Toned, well struck, a little off-centre, with an excellent depiction of the boy King with legend in the name of his Father, much bolder than usual but only graded by NGC as AU53.

NGC certification 6674778-005

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Henry the Eighth by the Grace of God, King of England and France"; and on the reverse "But Jesus, passing through the midst of them, went His way" taken from the Bible.

The mint mark of E is the first one from Southwark into the new reign of Edward directly following on from the death of Henry with £153,285 of gold struck between 1st May 1547 and 31st December 1548.

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