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Henry VIII Halfgroat

Henry VIII (1509-47), silver Half-Groat, Canterbury Mint, second coinage (1526-44), issued under Archbishop Warham, crowned bust right within beaded circle, Latin legend around, initial mark Archbishop Warhams mark both sides, hEnRIC'x VIII'x DI'x Gx R'x AGL'xZx FR', rev.long cross fourchee over quartered shield of arms, W to left, A to right for Archbishop Warham, beaded circles and legend surrounding, CIVI TAS'x xxCAn TORx weight 1.25g (N.1802; S.2343). Dark tone, almost extremely fine.

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 inner legend "City of Canterbury"

This mint mark is known to relate to Archbishop William Warham (c.1450-1532) as his initials appear on the coin, but what the actual mark (or badge?) represents is still uncertain.

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