England (1513-18) groat

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 880
This specimen was lot 880 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €5,000 (about US$7,340 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, occupation anglaise, Henri VIII (1513-1518), AR gros à la tête. Différent: T couronné. D/ T. couronnée du roi d'Angleterre à d. AGLI' en fin de légende. R/ CIVI-TAS-TORN-ACENs Ecu écartelé de France et d'Angleterre posé sur une longue croix fourchée. Très rare Beau portrait. Très Beau à Superbe. Provient de la collection Nef et de notre vente 91, 24 mars 2007, 806. (lordship of Tournai, English occupation, Henry VIII (sic), 1513-18, silver gros of the head; crowned "T" privy mark. Obverse: crowned head of the English king to right with "AGLI" at the end of the legend; reverse: quartered arms of England and France over a long cross. Very rare, handsome portrait, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This groat, or fourpence, bearing the bust of the king's father, still looks medieval. The groat was introduced in the late middle ages as increased commerce required a larger coin than the silver penny. This type was also issued in London (S-2316) but the London issue is one-fifth the price.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 3,11 g.

Catalog reference: S-2317; Hoc 209.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 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.

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