Henry VI Half Groat

After sending in a group of three detecting finds Paul Marland let me have three more to be identified and valued. The first is a Calais halfgroat of Henry VI. I see quite a high number of coins of this reign but this one is a bit special.

On the obverse there are is an annulet either side of the king’s neck, so it is struck from a die of the annulet coinage. At the end of the inner legend on the reverse there is a rosette after IS’, so this side is struck from an early die of the rosette mascle coinage. Therefore, this is a mule of two difference coinages.

Valuation

The coin would grade about VF but there is a small edge defect. It’s a rare mule, which in its present condition shouldn’t be worth any less than £120 to a collector.

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