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Buy Halfgroat Henry VII (1485 - 1509) Tudor Circulated Coins

Though one of the least remembered Tudor Kings, it was, in fact, King Henry VII that founded the Tudor dynasty. After defeating King Richard III, Henry took to the throne in 1485 and began a 24-year reign that would steer England back to a much-needed state of peace and stability. Henry's claim to the throne was quite thin, however. His reign is characterised by his smart, thought-out political moves to secure the Tudor dynasty, including his marriage to Elizabeth of York. After the death of his first son, it was his second son, the infamous Henry VIII, that took to the throne after the king's death in 1509.

Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, seized the throne in battle in 1485, his succession and subsequent marriage effectively ending the Wars of the Roses. He was succeeded by his son, Henry VIII in 1509 whose children succeeded him in turn: first Edward Vi (ruled 1547 to 1553), Mary I (1553-1558) and lastly Elizabeth II (1558-1603). The coinage of the Tudor dynasty is coloured by life-like profile portraits: a marked change from the hard-to-distinguish facing busts of the medieval kings. Late in Henry VIII's reign the a debasement policy was instituted, making high grade coins from this period and the early years of his son's reign hard to find. An experimental milled issue was made in the 1560s.

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