1526-1544 Half-Groat – Henry VIII


The 1526-1544 Half-Groat - Henry VIII

Silver Half-Groat of King Henry VIII. Second coinage, minted between 1526 and 1544 at the Canterbury Mint under Archbishop William Warham. SCBC:  2343. North: 1802

The Obverse shows a crowned bust facing right. Legend is maybe "h?nRIC’· VIII’· DI’· G’· R’· AGL’· Z · FR".

The Reverse shows a long cross fourchée with saltires by forks, over a coat-of-arms. Legend is partly "CIVI TΛS CΛn TOR".

Coin graded as VF. You can see that it can be difficult to read the legend fully, but it's still a nice coin and affordable to many.

Image credit: CNG Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
Henry VIII (1509-1547)
Classification: House of Tudor. King of England. Hammered.

Henry VIII was born in 28 June 1491, his parents being King Henry VII of England, Elizabeth of York. He became King in 1509 aged just seventeen.

Henry was well educated and athletic, standing six feet tall. Henry liked to have his own way and could ruthlessly enforce it, and in doing so blew the fortune left him by his Father. He split with the Pope who didn't allow him to divorce, leading the King to become the head of the Church of England. He built a large Navy and heavily debased the currency.

Henry VIII is perhaps most well know for having six wives: Catherine of Aragon (m. 1509; ann. 1533); Anne Boleyn (m. 1533; ann. 1536); Jane Seymour (m. 1536; d. 1537); Anne of Cleves (m. 1540; ann. 1540); Catherine Howard (m. 1540; d. 1542); and Catherine Parr (m. 1543).

Three of Henry's children had a turn on the throne: Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.
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: Provincial mints
Not all mints are located in a single place. From the Roman days through to the middle ages it was easier to have local moneyers (trusted people who were allowed to mint coins) rather than make the coins centrally and then have the security and logistics problem of distribution.

There were often dozens of mints, sometimes all making the same coin. The variations and mintmarks are exciting for numismatists, although sometimes it takes an expert to analyse them.

Most English Provincial Mints began to close after 1279 when the Royal Mint opened The Tower Mint (called so as it was housed at the Tower of London), although some continued working for much longer. The central mint gave the King and the Master of the Royal Mint much more control over the production and quality of English coinage.
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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Henry VIII Hammered Groat Facing Portrait Tower 1544-47  Coin WRL Westair
Henry VIII Hammered Groat Facing Portrait Tower 1544-47 Coin WRL Westair
£ 16.99
RARE HENRY VIII & JANE SEYMOUR GROAT  1536-37  (MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN) AN 73
RARE HENRY VIII & JANE SEYMOUR GROAT 1536-37 (MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN) AN 73
£ 5.99
Henry VIII Coin Pack - Groat
Henry VIII Coin Pack - Groat
£ 4.49
Henry VIII Groat - Profile Coinage - Tentative issue - mm lis - Extremely rare
Henry VIII Groat - Profile Coinage - Tentative issue - mm lis - Extremely rare
£ 975.00
Henry VIII 8th Groat 3rd issue. York. 1544-47
Henry VIII 8th Groat 3rd issue. York. 1544-47
£ 250.00
Henry VIII Groat mm Pheon. s2337E  1509-26 Second Coinage
Henry VIII Groat mm Pheon. s2337E 1509-26 Second Coinage
£ 325.00
Henry VIII 2 Coin Packs - Groat And Half Angel (Reproduction) High Quality
Henry VIII 2 Coin Packs - Groat And Half Angel (Reproduction) High Quality
£ 9.25
HENRY VIII GROAT  - DEBASED ISSUE
HENRY VIII GROAT - DEBASED ISSUE
£ 100.00

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