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WTH-5728: Henry VIII Hammered
Silver Groat. First
issue, portrait of Henry VII.
Initial mark crowned portcullis.
WTH-6055: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
“TOURNAI” Mint Groat. Dated to 1513. CIVI TAS TOURnACEN. The rarest of all the Henry VIII groats by a big margin. Spink 2317. Tournai, one of Belgium’s oldest cities, sits about fifty miles
southwest of Brussels, its history reflecting the forces that flowed back and forth across Europe for centuries. For a while, it was claimed
by Henry VIII. England captured it in 1513 in one in the series of
Renaissance or Italian Wars. In 1518 the Treaty of London returned the city to
French rule. During those few years of
occupancy, English style groats with a Gothic T mintmark were issued at Tournai, though the dies were made at the Tower of London. Few have survived and decent examples show
up infrequently. Lloyd Bennet sold a Tournai groat for
£2,500 some five years ago (it’s on the web). That example was weak in the face, this coin
is not. An extremely rare issue that seldom
turns up and when one does, it invariably has problems due to the nature of the
miniscule French issue. £2,775
WTH-5890: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Groat. Second issue, Laker bust D. Initial mark lis. An obvious bargain.
WTH-6420: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Groat, Rare Irish Titles. Second issue, Laker
bust D. Initial mark lis. This is the rarer IRISH TITLE: Spink
2338. An unrecorded
Platt, 1969 (his ticket),
ex Spink 1978 (see
detailed article), ex Clarendon collection. There is a multitude of old tickets sold with
this coin, some of which are imaged here. A desirable coin. £995
and Posthumous Issues:
WTH-5954: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Posthumous issue struck under Edward VI, 1547-51 from the rarer Bristol mint (CIVITAS BRISTOLIE). Initial mark TC (Under Treasurer Thomas
Chamberlain) which is far and above the rarest of the
two Bristol variations – W.S. coins (Under Treasurer
William Sharrington) were part of the third coinage and the posthumous coinage whilst Thomas Chamberlain coins were just the
tail end of the posthumous period. Those
of you familiar with Bristol groats will be aware that around 19 out of 20 such groats will be the WS
initial mark. £285
WTH-6100: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Posthumous issue struck under Edward VI, 1547-51 from the rarer Bristol mint (CIVITAS BRISTOLIE). Bristol groats come with one of two initial
marks: Initial mark WS (William Sharrington), Under Treasurer during the third coinage and the posthumous coinage and Initial mark TC (Thomas Chamberlain), Under
Treasurer for the tail end of the posthumous period. The latter coins are far and away the rarest of the two. This
coin looks to be Bust B although the right ear is not visible and the bust is
more squashed. The most important
difference is that there is no initial mark.
These are found on the reverse only on Bristol groats, left of the vertical fork just
before CIVI. This coin has neither WS or TC but rather appears to have a cancelled or
erased i.m. resulting in a large round feature where
the i.m. should be.
Giles Evenett was the engraver who famously
incorporated elaborate lettering interspersed with roses and lis on these Bristol coins.
A rose can be seen on the reverse after TAS and another preceding BRIS
but I don’t think the i.m. feature is a rose. An interesting coin worthy
of further research. £285
and Posthumous Issues:
WTH-6128: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Penny. Posthumous (debased) issue,
much rarer BRISTOL mint.
High grade for issue. £179
WTH-5949: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Penny. Posthumous (debased) issue, CANTERBURY mint.
Nice grade for issue. Spink 2423. £85
WTH-4839: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Half Penny. A 1st issue
coin struck under Archbishop Warham at Canterbury (WA by bust). A rare issue being sold at
a cheap price. £45
and Posthumous Issues:
WTH-6537: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Half “Portcullis” Farthing. A second
issue coin (1526-44) that Coincraft states: “All Henry VIII farthings are extremely
rare and collectors will have great difficulty in obtaining an example.” HistoryInCoins has just removed that difficulty but beware
– once this coin is sold, the difficulty returns! RVTILANS ROSA means Dazzling Rose. Spink 2362 (£325 in F, £750
VF in 2018 edition). Please note,
this is a tiny coin (I believe the smallest English hammered coin?) thus
magnification on the image is extreme.
As such, the coin will look worse than it is in the hand – you only have
to look at all the blemishes on the US 1c to the right of the image to see
that. Sold with an old
printed information slip. A very rare coin indeed.