England (1443-45) groat
This specimen was lot 32996 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $480. The catalog description noted, "Henry VI Groat ND (1443-5) AU50 PCGS, London mint. Crowned facing bust, pellets flanking crown / Long cross pattée, three pellets in angles, pellet under TAS and DON. Silver-toned and well struck. From the Jamestown Collection." 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). It was gradually superseded in the seventeenth century by the sixpence but was struck until Victoria's reign and still appears in the Maundy sets.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-1913.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 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.