Richard II, Henry IV & Henry V

 

Richard II (1377-99)  Read about Richard II

 

 

Groats

 

WMH-6575:  Richard II Hammered Silver Groat.  London mint.  The rarer, sought after class 1.  Spink 1678 - £525 F / £2,250 VF (2018).  Read Lord Stewartby’s excellent research (ENGLISH COINS 1180-1551) to appreciate just how rare these Richard II coins are.  £945

 

WMH-6125:  Richard II Hammered Silver Groat.  London mint.  Class II/III mule.  Spink 1679/1680 – the fish tail reverse S.  Lord Stewartby states that whilst production of gold throughout the reign remained constant, silver was somewhat erratic and far from prolific.  This groat, a rare denomination, comes from the early to mid 1390’s period of Richard’s reign, really close to the reign of Henry IV, and we all know how rare those groats are.  Rare and seldom seen in this nice grade.   A similar example of this mule (details shown here) was auctioned in 2008.  Spink 2018 price guide for this coin is £1,850 / £2,000 in VF.  £880

 

 

Half Groats

 

WMH-6008:  Richard II Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  London mint.  Class II.  Spink 1682.  Lord Stewartby states that whilst production of gold throughout the reign remained constant, silver was somewhat erratic and far from prolific.  This halfgroat, a rare denomination, comes from the first period of Richard’s reign; 1377-90.  Rare in this grade.  £425

 

 

 

Henry IV (1399-1413) Read about Henry IV

 

Heavy Coinage (1399 – 1412)

 

Penny

WMH-5808:  Henry IV Hammered Silver Penny - Choice.  York mint, heavy coinage (1399 – 1412).  Typical round chin & broad face.  Relatively few examples exist and most of those are either creased, weekly struck, clipped, worn or some combination of all of those things.  This coin has the initial mark (Cross Pattee), a full reignal name and an excellent portrait.  It is interesting to note that all the commonly used reference books have the obverse legend on this York issue incorrect.  This is perhaps not surprising as these coins are rare in any grade but exceptionally rare to have legends remaining.  An ecclesiastical issue struck under Archbishop Scrope of York in around 1405.  VF for issue which Spink rate at £1,500 in their 2017 edition (S.1722).  Rare coin and the key monarch for collectors.  Sold with a collector’s / dealer’s ticket.  £1,275

 

 

 

Light Coinage (1412 – 1413)

 

Groat

WMH-6421:  Henry IV Hammered Silver GROAT.  London, light coinage (1412-13 only).  Ex Reigate Hoard, ex Glendinings.  Pellet to left of crown, annulet (filled die) to right; Roman lettering to reverse – Spink 1726 (£2,500 / £9,000 in 2017 edition).  Comes with an old ticket as well as a digital copy of an old auction extract here.  Very little coinage was produced during this period due to a severe shortage of silver bullion in the UK with the bulk of that heading to the Continent (and thus the melting pot) where the price of silver was more than it was in the UK at that time – think taking £10 notes from the UK and exchanging them for the equivalent of £15 each on the Continent.  Henry IV pennies rarely turn up, groats once in a blue moon and then they are usually Henry IV / Henry V mules (listed under Henry V in Spink as the obverses are Henry V).  This is a true first issue Henry IV groat, the dies being altered Richard II dies.  A very rare coin.  £2995

 

 

Penny

WMH-6198:  Henry IV / V Mule Hammered Silver Non Regal Penny.  A contemporary counterfeit (used during the period) of a Plantagenet (House of Lancaster) silver penny.  Henry IV London reverse, Henry V class F obverse.  Good silver (0.86 grams, 3.3 grains) and 17mm diameter.  Ex Jim Sazama collection, ex Baldwin’s auction where it was incorrectly catalogued.  Extra image of tickets here.  High grade.  £295

 

 

 

Henry V (1413-22) Read about Henry V.

 

Groat

 

WMH-5616:  Henry V Hammered Silver Groat.  Class C “Frowning” bust with an exceptionally clear mullet on the right breast.  S.1765.  £385

 

WMH-6091:  Henry V Hammered Silver Groat.  Class C “Frowning” bust but the much rarer variety with no mullet on the shoulder.  S.1764.  £295

 

 

 

Half Groat

 

WMH-5999:  Henry V Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  London mint, class C, 1413 – 1422.  Spink 1773.  A difficult denomination and much above average grade for issue.  £335

 

WMH-6593:  Henry V Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  London mint, class C, 1413 – 1422.  Spink 1772.  The rarest of the three class C halfgroats (£525 Spink 2018) and much above average grade for issue.  £395

 

 

 

Penny

 

York

 

WMH-5790:  Henry V Hammered Silver Penny.  York mint, local dies, class C.  £89

 

WMH-6305:  Henry V Hammered Silver Penny.  York mint, local dies, class D.  An intriguing, relatively high grade coin in that the mullet left of the hair is more like a cinquefoil.  Further research required.  £99

 

WMH-6005:  Henry V Hammered Silver Penny.  York mint, London dies, class G.  Spink 1790.  Outstanding portrait.  £125

 

 

London

 

WMH-6198:  Henry IV / V Mule Hammered Silver Non Regal Penny.  A contemporary counterfeit (used during the period) of a Plantagenet (House of Lancaster) silver penny.  Henry IV London reverse, Henry V class F obverse.  Good silver (0.86 grams, 3.3 grains) and 17mm diameter.  Ex Jim Sazama collection, ex Baldwin’s auction where it was incorrectly catalogued.  Extra image of tickets here.  High grade.  £295

 

 

Durham

 

WMH-6119:  Henry V Hammered Silver Penny - Durham Mint.  Mullet and whole annulet by crown – class D.  Spink 1783.  Probably the best portrait I have ever seen on a Durham mint penny.  £155