1483-1485 Groat – Richard III


The 1483-1485 Groat - Richard III

Rare Silver Groat of King Richard III. The design is essentially the same as his predecessors and as is common with Richard III coins this is a Type IIb/IIIa mule, with the two muled mintmarks being a boar’s head 2 and halved sun & rose 2.

Diameter 25mm, weighs 3,2g. Minted between 1483 and 1485 at the London Mint. The coin has been restored in some way. SCBC: 2156/2157. MEG type 2B/3 mule; Winstanley 9; Stewartby p. 434, IIb/IIIa; North 1679.

The Obverse shows a crowned head facing eclosed in tressure of arches. Legend is (boar’s head 2) "RICΛRD’· DI· GRΛ· R?X ΛnGL’· Z· FRΛnC" (saltire stops; Z retrograde).

Reverse shows a long cross pattée with triple pellets in quarters. Legend is outer and inner: (halved sun & rose 2) "POSVI D?Vm : Λ DIVTOR ?" and "m?Vm/ CIVI TAS LOn DOn" (double saltire stops).

Rare and probably in the £3000-6000 range.

Image credit: CNG Coins


Mintage: Rare
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Richard III (1483-1485)
King Richard III (King of England and Lord of Ireland) ruled between 26 June 1483 and 22 August 1485, they were turbulent years. Richard III was the last of the House of York, the last of the Plantagenets and his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field (aged 32) signified the end of the Middle Ages in England.

Richard III is a famous protagonist in one of Shakespeare's tragedies. In 2012 a skeleton was found that was thought to be the body of former King.

The coins of Richard III are rare. Gold coins (Angel, Half-angel) are extremely expensive (maybe £20,000+) and the silver coins (Groat, Halfgroat, Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing) are often also £1,000+. The coins carry mintmarks but the dies seem to have been casually chosen and many coins are mules, some overpunched.
General Description: Groat
The Groat is an old coin worth four pence. It was found in England, Ireland and Scotland. The English Groat can be traced back to Edward I and was minted (not every year) up until Victoria although the fourpence coin is still minted today for use in Maundy sets.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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RICHARD III ANGEL MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN AN 247 MINT MARK BOARS HEAD  1483 85
RICHARD III ANGEL MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN AN 247 MINT MARK BOARS HEAD 1483 85
£ 7.99
RICHARD III GROAT MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN AN 246 LONDON MINTMARK
RICHARD III GROAT MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN AN 246 LONDON MINTMARK
£ 5.99
George iii Engraved Halfpenny 1775 Love Token  Richard Bryant  Remember me Dear
George iii Engraved Halfpenny 1775 Love Token Richard Bryant Remember me Dear
£ 525.00
Westair Reproduction Coins Richard III Angel Coin
Westair Reproduction Coins Richard III Angel Coin
£ 5.00
Edward I & III & Richard II? Hammered Silver Penny & Halfpenny detecting finds
Edward I & III & Richard II? Hammered Silver Penny & Halfpenny detecting finds
£ 56.99
Richard III Coin Pack - Groat
Richard III Coin Pack - Groat
£ 4.49
Unidentified Short Cross Silver Penny of Richard/ Henry III John? 19mm 1.32g
Unidentified Short Cross Silver Penny of Richard/ Henry III John? 19mm 1.32g
£ 22.00
Richard III Silver Groat Coin Pack Made From Pewter Lovely Quality 2.5cm
Richard III Silver Groat Coin Pack Made From Pewter Lovely Quality 2.5cm
£ 4.99

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