Henry VI, Edward IV & Richard III

 

Henry VI (1422-61) Read about Henry VI

 

 

Groats

 

WMH-5923:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Groat.  Leaf Pellet issue, (1445 – 1455), London mint.  Pellets by crown.  No extra reverse quarter pellets.  £135

 

WMH-5989:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Groat.  Annulet issue of 1422 – 1430.  Initial mark Pierced Cross and the rarer London mint.  Spink 1835.  Good detail, unclipped.  £95

 

 

Pennies

 

York:

 

WMH-5885:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Penny.  Rosette-Mascle, York mint under Archbishop Kemp.  Very good grade.  £89

 

 

Calais:

 

WMH-6139:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Penny.  Annulet issue of Calais (1422 – 1430).  Distinctive coin.  £49

 

 

Halfpennies

 

WMH-6138:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  Leaf-Mascle issue of 1434-35.  Sold with old ticket.  Short issue, good grade.  £59

 

 

 

Edward IV (1461-70) - 1st Reign Read about Edward IV.

 

See also the Irish section for Edward IV hammered coinage.

 

Groats

 

WMH-5665:  Edward IV (1st Reign) Hammered Silver COVENTRY Groat.  Provincial issue, light coinage, 1467 – 1470.  Quatrefoils by neck, C on breast, initial mark sun, Spink 2008.  £245

 

WMH-5168:  Edward IV (1st Reign) Hammered Silver Groat.  A unique coin!!  The bust of Edward IV has been removed in antiquity.  This is a metal detecting find from the Midlands.  Bearing in mind the turbulent period in history (the Medieval era was coming to an end with the dawn of the Tudors), a possible explanation of this coin is that the bust was removed in order to be adorned on some sort of supporter’s device.  History in your hand!!  £38

 

 

Pennies

 

WMH-6046:  Edward IV Hammered Silver “Queenhithe Hoard” Penny.  From the famous hoard unearthed Feb 9th & 10th 1980 on the Thames north foreshore, London.  The excavated hoard consisted of 500 coins, all being near contemporary counterfeits of Edward IV pennies, 1465-83.  All of the coins had a single obverse die and four different reverse dies.  This coin is a York reverse die.  All the coins were clipped and all were very similar to each other.  This was a forger’s hoard which cleverly incorporated clipping (as you will be aware, late medieval coinage nearly always turns up clipped) which strongly implies a slightly later date of manufacture than that of Edward IV’s reign.  The coins were all newly struck, presumably in London, circa 1490 – 1500.  The metal content is approximately 70% silver, 29% copper with lead and gold making up the remainder.  It has been postulated that the forger was aiming for an 80% silver content as opposed to the 92.5% official standard.  He appears to have fell short of that target.  The York pennies by die from the hoard were classified as follows:  York 1 = 219 coins, York 2 = 19 coins and York 3 = 143 coins.  York 1 were all 7.1 grains, York 2 were 7.6 grains and York 3 were 7.2 grains.  This coin is 7.6 grains making it the Rare York 2 reverse.  An interesting coin!  £75

 

WMH-6444:  Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  First reign, light coinage, circa 1464-70.  Spink 2053.  Durham mint with local dies.  Excellent grade for issue.  £95

 

 

Half Pennies

 

WMH-6141:  Edward IV (1st Reign) Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  London mint, trefoils by neck.  A lovely example.  £49

 

 

 

Edward IV (1471 - 83) - 2nd Reign Read about Edward IV.

 

Gold Angels

 

WAu-6453:  Edward IV Medieval Hammered Gold Angel.  Second reign, initial mark annulet, 1471-72.  Very nice grade.  Spink 2091.  £2,395

 

 

Groats

 

WMH-5537:  Edward IV Hammered Silver Groat.  Second reign groat, i.m. pierced cross / pierced cross with pellet.  Second reign groats are difficult to source.  £139

 

 

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Richard III (1483 - 85) Read about Richard III

 

Groats

 

WMH-6432:  Richard III Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Sun & Rose 1, Spink 2154.  Slight crack at 5 o’clock on the obverse (corresponding area on the reverse, which is hard to see, is between the TA of TAS) and minor creasing.  Richard III was the very last of the English medieval monarchs, enduring a very short reign culminating with a sticky ending on the battlefield against Henry VII’s Tudors.  His remains were recently discovered under a car park in Leicester.  A very cheap example – nearly all Richard III groats are over two thousand pounds these days.  £1550

 

 

Pence

 

WMH-5837:  Richard III Hammered Silver Penny - Exceptional Portrait.  York ecclesiastical mint struck under Archbishop Rotherham ("T" and upright key [St Peter's key] at neck), 1483-85.  Not far off being as struck.  It may interest you to know that many of the northern episcopal Edward IV and Richard III pennies were not actually clipped.  They were purposefully struck on reduced flans, using correctly sized dies, in order defraud the crown in favour of the Church (or individuals within the church!).  Thomas Rotherham of York, the same Archbishop responsible for this coin, was actually arrested under Richard III in June 1483 on suspicion of the above.  Somehow, the charge was unproven (??) and he was released.  A high grade coin (better than the Spink plate coin – and they usually use the best known examples available to them as illustrations) with an excellent portrait of the rather unsavoury Richard III together with good clear devices giving cast iron attribution to Richard III.  0.70 grams (10.8 grains) and measures 15.5mm.  Sold with an old pictorial auction slip.  £1,275

 

WMH-5881:  Richard III Hammered Silver Penny - Exceptional Portrait, Clear Reignal Name.  Durham ecclesiastical mint struck under Bishop Sherwood, 1483-85.  Clear initial mark (Lis), clear reignal name (RICAR{D}), excellent portrait.  It may interest you to know that many of the northern episcopal Edward IV and Richard III pennies were not actually clipped.  They were purposefully struck on reduced flans, using correctly sized dies, in order defraud the crown in favour of the Church (or individuals within the church!).  Thomas Rotherham of York was actually arrested under Richard III in June 1483 on suspicion of the above.  Somehow, the charge was unproven (??) and he was released.  0.66 grams (10.2 grains) and measures 15mm.  A high grade coin with an excellent portrait of the rather unsavoury Richard III.  £1,275

 

WMH-6355:  Richard III Hammered Silver Penny – Clear Initial Mark of Sun & Rose 2.  York, 1483-85.  Clear initial mark (Sun & Rose 2), clear start of the reignal name and excellent top half of the portrait, the bottom being double struck.  0.64 grams (9.9 grains) and measures 14mm.  It has been suggested that this penny may be one of the best known examples in terms of the clarity and survival of the initial mark.  Spink 2168.  A high grade coin with an excellent portrait of the rather unsavoury Richard III.  £1,475