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Penny of Henry VI

This coin is another find recently unearthed by Roger Paul. The first was a threepence of Elizabeth I but this one is a penny struck for Henry VI, who tended to listen to the wrong people and the end result was the Wars of the Roses.

On the obverse there is an annulet at each side of the king’s neck. On the reverse there is an annulet in two quarters and the legend on this side reads VIL LA CAL IS Therefore, this penny was struck at Calais during the annulet coinage of Henry VI and the reference number in the Standard Catalogue is 1636.


There is ghosting on the obverse from the deeply cut long cross on the reverse but this penny is otherwise in good Fine condition. Even with the ghosting it’s still a nice looking coin, which should be worth £65 to a collector.

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