Dec 9, 2009
Dec 9, 2009

Sovereign: Henry VII (obverse); Shield of Arms in Tudor Rose (reverse)

Sovereign: Henry VII (obverse); Shield of Arms in Tudor Rose (reverse)


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Diameter: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Weight: 15.4 g (0.54 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.169


Did you know?

Sovereigns are large, thin gold coins that feature portraits of the respective monarch; here Henry VII is sitting on a throne.


The coinage of Henry VII is the first step from medieval to modern coinage. In 1489 a special commission was issued for the striking of a new gold coin called the sovereign, weighing 240 gs. This is the first use of the name in the English series. These early sovereigns can boast of an artistic achievement never before realized on an English coin, and perhaps never since.

See also
MED - Numismatics
Medieval Art
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The Norweb Collection

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