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1480-1500 Henry VII Sovereign Type Penny York Archbishop Rotherham

1480-1500 Henry VII Sovereign Type Penny York Archbishop Rotherham Obverse

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Sovereign type hammered silver Penny of Henry VII, struck at the mint of York under Archbishop Rotherham. Obverse: full-length enthroned figure of the king holding orb and sceptre, crown cutting through beaded border. Two pillars between the legs of the throne. Legend reads: ‘hEnRIC DI GRA REX ANG’. Reverse: shield of royal arms with pair of keys below in front of a long cross fourchée, extending through beaded border and dividing legend which reads: ‘CIVI | TAS | EBO | RACI’. Thomas Rotherham - whose association with this issue is confirmed by the keys - was Archbishop of York from 1480 until his death in 1500 though he also served as Lord Chancellor, first under Edward IV and then again, briefly, in the reign of Henry VII. He spent some time in the Tower of London after siding with the dowager queen Elizabeth Woodville, following her husbands death. Weight: 0.66 grams, diameter: 15.5 millimetres. Grade: GF - Light even tone, legends a little weak (not unusual), strong bust and shield details: around Good Fine. S 2238.
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Obverse

Seated figure of Henry VII, facing on throne. He wears a crown and holds an orb and a sceptre. Two pillars appear between his legs. Legend: 'hEnRIC DI GRA REX ANG'. 

Reverse

Long cross fourchée with shield of arms within beaded circle. Two keys below shield. Legend reads: 'CIVI | TAS | EBO | RACI'.

Specification

This coin weighs 0.66 grams and it has a diameter of 15.5 millimetres.

Grade

GF - Light even tone, legends a little weak (not unusual), strong bust and shield details: around Good Fine. 

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