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Halfgroat of Henry VII

This recent find was sent in the Shaughn Tyreman. It’s a hammered silver halfgroat, which Shaughn thought to be a first issue of Henry VIII struck for Archbishop Warham of Canterbury.

On the obvers there is a profile portrait of the king, the legend starts with hEnRIC VII and on both sides the mint mark is a rose. Therefore, this halfgroat is a coin of Henry VII. It is a joint issue on behalf of the king and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The archbishop was William Warham, who was appointed in 1504 and retained the post until his death in 1532; therefore, he was archbishop under Henry VII and until the start of the Reformation during the reign of Henry VIII.


In the Standard Catalogue halfgroats of this type are listed as number 2261. This example is weak in places but good enough to grade Fair to Fine. It’s a very scarce coin, which in its present state of preservation I would price at £30 to £40.

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