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1526-1544 Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat Wolsey York

1526-1544 Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat Wolsey York Obverse

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£325.00
A scarce and collectable hammered silver Groat of king Henry the Eighth’s second coinage (1526-1544) with a voided cross mint mark to both sides. This indicates that this coin was struck at the mint of York under the control of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: English statesman and Archbishop of York until his death in 1530. The obverse features Laker bust type D, facing right within a beaded circle. On the reverse a long cross quarters a shield of royal arms. The letters ’T’ and ‘W’ sit either side of the shield and a cardinal’s hat appear below. Shakespeare himself criticises Wolsey for adding putting his mark on coinage in his Henry VIII but it does make this issue particularly interesting. Spink 2339.
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Obverse

Second coinage: 1526-1544. Profile issue. Laker bust type D: crowned bust, facing right within a beaded circle. Legend around: ''HENRIC x VIII x D x G x R x AGL x Z x FRANC x'. Mint mark: Voided Cross.

Reverse

Long cross fourchee over quartered shield of arms with 'T' and 'W' either side of shield, within beaded circle. Legend around: 'CIVI | TAS xx | xx EBO | RACI', divided by a cardinal's hat. Mint mark: Voided Cross.

Grade

GF - A medium even tone on a small flan with the smallest of edge chips, legend weak in areas otherwise Good Fine.

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