England (1436-38) groat
This specimen was lot 2968 in Goldberg sale 103 (Los Angeles, February 2018), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Groat, ND. Henry VI, First Reign, 1422-1461. Leaf-trefoil issue (1436-38). London. Facing bust. Well struck with light gray toning. PCGS graded AU-53." The groat, or fourpence, was introduced in the late middle ages as increased commerce required a larger coin than the silver penny. The groat was struck during the reign of Henry VI over several issues and several mints (London and Calais but not York). This specimen is attributed to London by the "CIVITAS LONDON" on the reverse. It was gradually superseded in the seventeenth century by the sixpence but was struck until Victoria's reign and still appears in the Maundy sets.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S.1898.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 103: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.