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1547-1549 Edward VI Hammered Silver Groat Posthumous Henry VIII Bristol Mint

1547-1551 Edward VI Hammered Silver Groat Posthumous Henry VIII Bristol Mint Obverse

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£340.00
A rare and collectable hammered silver Groat of king Edward the Sixth, minted in the name of his father, Henry VIII. This example was struck early in Edward VI’s reign at the mint of Bristol between 1547 and early 1549. The obverse features the crowned and bearded Bristol bust B of Henry VIII, facing forward and slightly to the right. The reverse shows a long cross with lis in the forks, quartering a royal shield of arms. Faint, partial ‘WS’ mint mark indicates that this piece was minted during William Sharington’s tenure at the Bristol mint which ended with his arrest in early 1549. These posthumous issues are as debased as those minted towards the end of Henry’s reign and are, as such, hard to find in high grades, especially from the provincial mints. An interesting addition to any collection. Spink 2406.
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Obverse

Bristol bust B: distinctive crowned and bearded portrait of Henry VIII, facing three-quarters right within a beaded circle, cut by the orb of his crown. Legend around reads 'HENRIC 8 D G ANG FRA Z HIB REX'.

Reverse

Fourchee long cross with lis in forks over royal shield of arms within a beaded circle. Legend around: 'CIVITAS BRISTOLIE'. Mint mark: WS.

Grade

GF - Even tone, a little ragged at the bottom, strong details all round for a debased silver coin: Good Fine.

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