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Halfpenny of Henry VIII

Peter Vernon sent in the images of this hammered silver coin but it was found by a detecting colleague named Chris. It’s not a rarity but its overall state of preservation is really outstanding.

The coin is a halfpenny of Henry VIII, which was struck at London during the second coinage of this king. The mint mark, which is on the obverse only, is a fleur de lis. In the Standard Catalogue it is listed as number 2356.   


I’ve seen several examples similar to this coin as detecting finds but this one is by far the best. The obverse has been struck slightly off centre, the reverse more so, but this halfpenny would still grade good VF. Despite not being a rarity in itself, in its present condition it should be worth at least £150 to a collector of Tudor period coins.

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