England (1470-71) groat
This specimen was lot 24221 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Henry VI Restored (1470-71) Groat ND, Tower mint London, Voided Restoration Cross mm on each side, uncertified, Choice XF, sharply struck and well centered on a full flan without cracks, excellent surfaces and charming medieval gray patina. A beautiful example minted during the Wars of the Roses, struck within the period of October 1470 to April 1471 under the "restoration" of Henry VI, who had just been released from imprisonment in the Tower of London. A year later, he was again imprisoned, and this time executed within the Tower's walls. The old Tower Mint where this groat was made was a few steps away." The groat (cognate of "great", meaning large) was four pence.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S-2082, North-1617 (scarce).
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- 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.