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Buy Halfgroat Henry VIII (1509 - 1547) Tudor Coins

Most remembered for having a succession of six wives, Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509 when he was just 17. Throughout his reign, he married six times, desperate to secure himself a son who could take his place on the throne and continue the fledgeling Tudor dynasty. After having a few daughters with a couple of different wives, he finally managed to produce a son, Edward VI, with his third wife, Jane Seymour. Henry's also remembered for founding the Church of England after separating England from Rome and strengthening England's navy before his death in 1457.

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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