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FM18402

Richard III Groat, first type, mm halved sun and rose 1 both sides

Richard III (1483-85),silver Groat, type I, London Mint facing crowned bust in double tressure of nine arcs, fleur de lis on cusps, beaded circles and Latin legend surrounding, initial mark sun and rose 1 both sides, RICARDx DIx GRAx REXxx AnGLx Z FRAnC,rev.long cross pattée, tri-pellets in each inner angle, beaded circles and twin concentric legend surrounding, inner legend with chevron barred A, CIVI TAS LOn DOn, outer legend surrounding, POSVI DEVmx A DIVTOR E' mEVm, weight 2.98g (N.1679; S.2154).Toned, fully round, with a good facial portrait, slightly double struck with some raised hairline flaws, good very fine, rare.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse, "Richard, by the grace of God, King of England and France." and on the reverse inner legend "City of London" and the outer as "I have made God my helper" a Psalm from the Bible.

Provenance:

Ex Raymond C. Carlyon-Britton Collection, offered Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 490, March 1959, item 4469.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Triton XIV, 4th January 2011, lot 1648.

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