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Henry VIII groat

If you asked a group of people to name a famous King of England then the majority would probably plump for Henry VIII. He is remembered for many things, not the least of which is the fact that he had six wives.

Here is another coin from the collection of detecting finds built up over many years by Stephen Palmer. On the obverse is the unmistakable head of King Henry VIII.

The coin is a groat and was struck at the Tower mint during the third coinage, which commenced in 1544 and ended in 1547. A number of different busts appear on third coinage groats and on this coin it is number 1. The mint mark on both sides is a fleur de lis.

On the reverse the legend starts with POSVI, which is the standard reading for Tower mint coins. The long cross that divides up the legend has an annulet in each of the ornate ends.


In the Standard Catalogue groats of this type are listed as number 2369. This specimen hasn’t much circulation wear but it is badly struck, which has left some flatness on both sides. Despite the faulty strike, it is still attractive and has some eye appeal. What would it be worth? Well, I’d expect a keen collector to offer a figure in the region of £250 for it.

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