1553-1558 Groat – Mary I


The 1553-1558 Groat - Mary I

Silver Groat of Queen Mary I. It was minted between 1553 and 1558. Although Mary only ruled as Mary I during 1553-1554, the design was also used during the joint reign of Philip and Mary. On better condition coins you may tell as the first period used a pomegranate mint mark, while the later used a lis mint mark.

The Obverse shows a crowned bust of Queen Mary.

The Reverse is a long cross over a quartered shield.

Image credit: American Numismatic Society


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Mary I - Philip and Mary (Mary 1553-54 - Philip and Mary 1554-58)
This was the co-monarch by marriage of Queen Mary I of England and Philip II of Spain. Mary was born on 18 February 1516, the child of Henry VIII by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It was thought a good idea to improve relations between England and Spain by arranging the 37 year-old Mary to marry the 26 year-old Prince Philip of Spain. Mary fell in love on first sight, but Philip was not as keen.

Mary became Queen in 1553, and married Philip in 1554 and as co-monarchs they jointly appeared on coins. When Mary died in 1558 aged 42, that was also the end of Philip's claim and Mary's sister became Queen 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: 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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1553-1554 Queen Mary I Hammered Silver Groat Coin
1553-1554 Queen Mary I Hammered Silver Groat Coin
£ 205.95
Mary Groat. i.m. Pomegranate (S 2492)
Mary Groat. i.m. Pomegranate (S 2492)
£ 40.00
Queen Mary Tudor - hammered silver groat. 1553-4
Queen Mary Tudor - hammered silver groat. 1553-4
£ 150.00
Mary Silver Groat - Hammered Coin 1553-4
Mary Silver Groat - Hammered Coin 1553-4
£ 145.00
Mary I Tudor, 1553-1554, Groat Coin, London, mm Pomegranate, S-2492, N-1960
Mary I Tudor, 1553-1554, Groat Coin, London, mm Pomegranate, S-2492, N-1960
£ 119.99
Mary, 1553-58. Groat, mm. Pomegranate, 1553-54.
Mary, 1553-58. Groat, mm. Pomegranate, 1553-54.
£ 170.00
Mary I and Philip Silver Groat, Lis Initial Mark, 1554
Mary I and Philip Silver Groat, Lis Initial Mark, 1554
£ 210.00
Mary I Hammered Silver Groat 1553 - 1554. No Reverse MM. aVF, Brown Tone
Mary I Hammered Silver Groat 1553 - 1554. No Reverse MM. aVF, Brown Tone
£ 275.00

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