England (1526-44) groat
This specimen was lot 24829 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description noted, "Henry VIII (1509-47) Groat ND, 2nd Coinage, Arrow mm (struck 1526-44), XF45 NGC, residual luster, exceptional profile portrait, deeply struck on most features of the design, excellent flan, and charming silvery gray and golden blue iridescent surfaces. Prominent centering dot on portrait; die lines in obverse field. All in all, a really choice medieval coin." 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.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S-2337E.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, 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.