Henry VII silver groat (1485-1509)


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Obv. Crowned (double arched), facing bust within tressure , quatrefoils by, 'HENRIC Dl GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC, Henry by the Grace of God king of England and France.

Rev. Long cross over two circular legends , 'POSVI DEVM ADIVTOE MEVM', I have made God my helper and 'CIVITAS LONDON, City of London, groups of 3 pellets in each angle. 26mm, 2g.

AEF - Almost Extremely Fine, well struck, good portrait, good toning.

Very handsome Tudor coin — Strong portrait and all details very clear, no wear and original toning, full fian, Leopardhead mm very clear. Henry VII was the first monarch of the House of Tudor.

Henry won the throne when he defeated Richard Ill at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle. He was successful in restoring the power and stability of the English monarchy after the political upheavals of the Wars of the Roses He founded a long-lasting dynasty and was peacefully succeeded by his son, Henry VIII after a reign of nearly 24 years.

Although Henry can be credited with the restoration of political stability in England, and a number of commendable administrative, economic and diplomatic initiatives, the latter part of his reign was characterised by a financial rapacity which stretched the bounds of legality.

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