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Henry VIII Posthumous Halfgroat London

Henry VIII (1509-47), posthumous issue under Edward VI, silver Halfgroat, Tower Mint, right ¾ facing crowned bust in ruff, beaded circle and Latin legend surrounding, initial mark lis (1544-47) obverse only, Roman lettering and lozenge stops both sides, HENRIC'. 8: D'. G'. AG'. FR'. Z. H'. REX, rev. long cross fourchee over quartered shield of arms, beaded circles and legend surrounding, POSVI DEV' AD IVTOR E'. MEV., weight 1.15g (Stewartby page 528; N.1877; S.2410). Toned, a bold very fine and highly unusual as mint mark lis.

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.

In North we note mint mark lis is listed for the Groat in the Posthumous coinage when coupled with Roman style lettering and lozenge stops, but there is no Half-Groat listed. North lists only mint mark lis in the Henry VIII third coinage when coupled with lombardic lettering. This coin therefore seems to have been issued right on the cusp as the reign changed and is listed as posthumous by Stewartby.

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin, Fixed Price List, Winter 2007, item BH068.

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