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13th Century Great Britain 4 Pence Silver Groat Henry VIII VF
A Hammer-Struck Silver Groat from the Reign of Henry VIII!
Introduced during the reign of Edward I, the silver four-pence groat was created to meet the inflationary need for a large non-gold denomination. They represented about a day’s wage for an average worker in the 13th century, and had a ragged appearance due to the minting technique used in their creation. As a hammered coin, each was created by placing a flat piece of silver between two dies, then striking the top die with a hammer.
On the obverse is one of two portraits of Henry VIII, famous for his six wives and for splitting the Church of England from Rome. One shows a head-on portrait, while the other features the king in profile. The reverse features the Royal Arms below a large cross. Besides its religious significance, this cross also served as a guide for splitting the coin into quarters, each worth a single penny.
Order this incredible piece of world history now in Extremely Fine (XF) condition!
|Country||Great Britain, Ireland|
|Coin Weight||2.5 Grams - g|