Sovereign: Henry VIII (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)

Sovereign: Henry VIII (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)

1544–47

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Gold

Diameter: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Weight: 12.166 g (0.43 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.173

Location

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This coin was struck during the end of Henry VIII's reign which ended in 1547 and lasted for 38 years.

Description

This is an example of the late, debased, third coinage of Henry VIII. Knowing how coinage had been debased in the past, Henry VIII did so again for his own personal benefit. He not only debased the gold coinage but the silver as well. This coin was struck at Southwark mint. The Southwark mint was in Suffolk Place, Southwark being immediately south of London Bridge. The mint was opened in June 1545, along with those of Canterbury, Durham House, Bristol, and York.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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