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Henry VIII Silver Halfgroat, Canterbury Mint, Arch. Warham, 1526-32

Denomination: Silver halfgroat (2d or two pennies)

Period: Tudor

Date: 1526-1532 

Origin: Mint mark known as 'uncertain' Canterbury where Archbishop Warham resided

Condition: Fine +

Obverse: Young bust of Henry in profile facing right, legend around hENRIC VIII D G R ANG Z FRA 

Reverse: Long cross over quartered shield of arms, WA either side of shield, CIVI TAS CAN TOR

Size and Weight: 19mm, 1.28g

References: Spink 2343

Features and Provenance: Ex DNW sale, comes with old tickets.

Born in 1491, Henry Tudor went from a healthy, handsome, sportsman in his youth to totally the opposite, dying at the relatively young age of 55 in 1557. He is well known for his obsession to have a male heir; leadign to him marrying six times. Had he been a little more open-minded and changed the law and tradition of agnatic primogeniture (succession by first born male only) to one accepting the first born child, Mary would have taken the throne and things might have been very different. Henry also hd an illegitimate son, Henry FitzRoy, whom he made Duke of Richmond. At the time, when no legitimate son was on the horizon, parliament even considered the Second Succession Act which would have allowed FitzRoy to have become king! However, fate intervened and he himself died childless in 1536 putting even more strain on Henry's need for a son. Thankfully, the following year Edward was born to great celebration, but Henry would never know that his longed-for heir would only reign for six years from the age of nine in 1547; this paving a new royal path for his spurned daughters Mary and then Elizabeth, anyway. 



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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  • Product Code: 21060310
  • Availability: Sold
  • £150.00

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