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England, Edward VI (Henry VIII Posthumous), Half-Sovereign (1547-51), Tower Mint, Grapple Very Rare PCGS About Uncirculated 53

- Although issued during the reign of Edward VI, this coin is struck posthumously in the name of Henry VIII, connecting this coin to the hugely sought-after Henry VIII series.

- With just a handful of examples available at auction over the past ten years, the issue is very rare, as opposed to just rare as described by North.

- Graded PCGS AU53 and featuring gorgeous lustre and tone, this is one of the finest examples available for the issue.

Condition
PCGS About Uncirculated 53. Strongly lustrous with an attractive, even, red tone and characterful bust. Some weakness in strike as expected. Very rare and seldom seen in this condition.
Obverse
Crowned, youthful king seated facing with orb and sceptre; rose below; HENRIC! 8 · D! G! AGL! · FRANC’ Z HIB’ · REX · [Henry VIII, by the grace of God, King of England, France and Ireland].
Reverse
Crowned coat of arms with lion and dragon supporting; grapple mint mark below; · IHS! AUTE! TRANSIE! PER! MEDI! ILLOR’ IBAT · [But Jesus passing through their midst went on his way].
Edge
Plain (hammered).
Our Price:
£5,500.00
Weight
6.10 g
Diameter
approx. 32 mm
Metal
gold
Fineness
22 carat (91.67%)
Fine weight
5.592 g (0.1798 oz t)
Production method
hammered
Alignment
2h
General References
Fr.174; North.1865 [R]; S.2393
Collection References
King.-; Schneider.658; Slaney.-
Certification number

In 1547, King Henry VIII (of the many wives) died and his son, Edward VI, became King at the age of just nine. The first coins of this boy King would be struck posthumously in the name of his father, hence why this stunning half-sovereign is technically a coin of Edward VI despite displaying the name of Henry VIII. Coins featuring the name of Henry VIII are some of the most popular in all of British numismatics owing to the rotund ruler’s infamy.

This is an exceptionally attractive example of the issue. The coin is evenly round and free of any edge issues or flan splits. It features choice surfaces of a subtle earthy tone and abundant lustre. In general, the issue is plagued with weakness of strike, and it is doubtful that a fully struck example exists. Fortunately, on this example the weakness of strike is confined to the lower portions of each design, leaving the faces of the coin’s three characters pleasingly full. It is a delight to see such a rare coin featuring such dazzling eye appeal.

The issue is described in North as rare. However, this is an understatement. There have been less than ten examples available at public auction in the last ten years and sourcing an example in any condition comes with extreme difficulty. Very rare is a more realistic description of this issue’s scarcity.

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