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Groat of Henry VIII

This hammered silver coin was unearthed by Paul Tongue, who asked me to provide more information about his find – including its possible value.

The coin is a groat with the old head (bust type 5) of Henry VIII on the obverse. On the revers the legend reads CIVI TAS CAN TOR, which tells us that it was struck at the mint situated in Canterbury. The sops are unclear on the obverse and there are none on the reverse. In each of the forks of the long cross on the reverse is half a rose.

The preceding information adds up to this groat being a product of the posthumous coinage; it bears the imagery and titles of Henry VIII but was struck during the reign of Edward VI. In the Standard Catalogue the coin is listed as number 2408.



On both sides there are many surface scratches and some weak areas. On the plus side, the coin is struck on a full flan and overall it would grade about Fine. The condition could be better but I’ve seen far worse specimens of the type so I would price it no lower than £60.

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