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Groat of Edward IV

The detectorist who unearthed this hammered silver coin, John Earley, asked me to let him have a valuation on his find.

The coin is a groat of Edward IV, which was issued during the light coinage of this king’s first reign (1461-70). On the obverse there are trefoils on the cusps of the treasure and quatrefoils by the king’s neck. The inner legend on the reverse reads CIVI TAS EBO RACI and on the obverse there is a letter E on Edward’s chest so this groat was struck at York.

The coin is an example of class VII, of which a number of different varieties are on record.  On the obverse the mint mark is a fleur de lis struck over a crown; the mark on the reverse is not clear but is probably the same as the obverse. In the Standard Catalogue the type is listed as number 2012.



As can be seen from the illustrations, the coin is irregular and short of flan. John said it weighs 2 grams, which is 31 grains and this is well below the official weight of 48 grains so it has been clipped. What remains of the coin would grade good Fine but the heavy clipping would reduce my price range to £60-80.

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