Half Sovereign: Henry VIII (obverse); Crowned Arms (reverse)

1544–47
Diameter: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)
Weight: 6.236 g (0.22 oz.)
Location: not on view
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The half sovereign was first introduced in 1544 under Henry VIII and was valued at half a pound sterling or ten shillings.

Description

In this third coinage, a new portrait of the king appears. There is now an attempt to make the portrait lifelike, and we see the king fat and middle-aged compared to previous coinage such as 1969.170.
Half Sovereign: Henry VIII (obverse); Crowned Arms (reverse)

Half Sovereign: Henry VIII (obverse); Crowned Arms (reverse)

1544–47

England, Henry VIII, 1509-1547

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