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1544-1547 Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat Southwark

1544-1547 Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat Southwark Obverse

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A scarce and collectable hammered silver groat of king Henry the Eighth, struck at the mint of Southwark between 1544 and 1547. In these final years of Henry VIII’s reign the quality of his gold and silver coinage was reduced by a state-sponsored currency debasement policy, the results of which came to be known as the ‘Great Debasement’. The obverse of this Groat features a type 2 facing, crowned, bearded bust. No mint mark appears in the legend. The reverse shows s long cross over a shield of arms representing England and Scotland with the wording for London but with a small sideways ’S’ in the fork of the cross, representing the Southwark mint. These debased silver groats are hard to find in high grades and, even with its edge damage, this coin would make an excellent addition to any collection. Spink 2371.
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Third coinage: 1544-1547. Facing crowned, bearded bust type 2 within a beaded circle. Legend around: 'HENRIC' 8 xx D'x G'x AGL'x FRA'x Zx HIB'x REX'. No mintmark.


Long cross fourchee over quartered shield of arms within beaded circle. Legend around: 'CIVI | TAS xx | xx LON | DON xx'. Small 'S' mint mark in fork of cross.


GF - A dark tone with a full flan. Two edge cracks/chips. Good details for debased silver. Fine or better.


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