Dec 9, 2009
Dec 9, 2009

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

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


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Diameter: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Weight: 6.236 g (0.22 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.174


Did you know?

The half sovereign was first introduced in 1544 under Henry VIII and was valued at half a pound sterling or ten shillings.


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.

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

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