Henry VII Silver Halfgroat, Initial Mark Tun, 1493-1499

Denomination: Silver halfgroat (2d or 2 pennies)

Period: Tudor

Date: 1493-1499

Origin: Canterbury mint under Archbishop Morton

Condition: AVF, edge rather clipped

Obverse: Double arched crown, facing bust within tressure of arches, legend around, mint mark tun

Reverse: Long cross with three pellets in each quarter, CIVI TAS CAN TOR, mint mark tun

Size and Weight: 24.2mm, 1.51g

References: N 1712, Spink 2207var

Features and Provenance: Found Hampshire, recorded with PAS as HAMP-675613

At the age of fourteen, fearing for his life, Henry left his Welsh home for Burgundy, France. By the age of 26 his claim to the throne was dwindling but he was still the senior Lancastrian male and gathered troops to claim his right by force. He met Richard III at Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, England on 22 August 1485. During the battle Richard was killed, effectively ending the 'War of the Roses'. Henry declared himself king by 'right of conquest' and shrewdly recorded this from the day before the battle, thereby making anybody who fought against him guilty of treason. This allowed him to confiscate Richard's lands and restore his own. He was crowned in October. He died at the age of 52.

 

 

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