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

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

1544–47

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Gold

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

Weight: 6.236 g (0.22 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.174

Location

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.

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.

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

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