1483 Groat – Edward V (with pellet)

1483 Groat Edward V with pellet Obverse

The 1483 Groat - Edward V  (with pellet)

Silver Groat thought to be of King Edward V (see notes below). This coin has the halved sun and rose mark introduced to represent the new mint master Bartholomew Reed on 12 February 1483. SCBC: 2146A.

The Obverse can show EDWARD or EDVARD. Variations may or may not show a pellet below the King's head.

The Obverse shows crowned bust of the King facing front, surrounded by a tressure of nine arches. This coin has a pellet below the bust; Legend "EDWARD DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC". Mintmark: halved sun and rose.

The Reverse shows a long cross pattee with three pellets at the centre of each arm; around in two concentric circles. Legend is "POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM - CIVITAS LONDON" (meaning: I have made God my helper - City of London). Mintmark: halved sun and rose.

Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Edward V (1483-1483)
Edward V was born on 2 November 1470 and became King after his Father (King Edward IV) died on 9 April 1483. Aged 12 years, Edward V was never crowned and his reign was overseen by his uncle, the Lord Protector the Duke of Gloucester who deposed (killed?) Edward after a few months and became Richard III on 26 June 1483. House of York (Plantagenet).

Edward V and his younger brother Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, were The Princes in the Tower. The were taken away and never seen again, presumably killed on the orders of Richard III although no-one knows for sure.

The coins of Edward V continued the designs of Edward IV (as did Richard III's coins). Inspecting the coins and the order of the dies have led to experts dating the gold Angels but the silver coins (Groat, Penny, Halfpenny) still carry a little guesswork.
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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