England (1431-33) half groat
This specimen was lot 4190 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $270.25. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfgroat, ND. Henry VI, First reign, 1422-1461. Pinecone-mascle issue (1431-33). Calais mint. Bold example. NGC graded EF-45." The groat (cognate of "great", meaning large) was four pence; so we deduce that this coin was two pence. Silver two pence would be struck into the reign of George III.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S.1877.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.