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JM33254

Henry VIII Posthumous issue under Edward VI, Half-Sovereign, mm grapple

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Henry VIII (1509-47),gold Half Sovereign, posthumous issue under Edward VI (1547-51), Tower Mint, facing crowned robed figure of the 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 and pellet stops, initial mark grapple/- (1549), reads. HENRIC' 8. DG AGL'. FRA. Z. HIB. REX:,rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, with lion and dragon supporters, grapple below shield, legend with Roman lettering and beaded border surrounding, IHS. AVTE. TRANSIE. PER MEDI. ILLOR. IBA, weight 6.11g (Schneider 658-59 for type; N.1865; S.2393).Toned, with underlying original mint bloom, some scratching and contact marks, otherwise well centred and balanced in its overall detail and execution, almost very fine for what is almost invariably a weakly struck issue, very rare mint mark.

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, May 1997, item 2187

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.

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