Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo are about to close there are still many numismatic opportunities to be found in the Internet Only Sessions. A plethora of interesting Ancient and World coins can all be found in the Internet Session D, starting Tuesday November 10th at 10:00 AM PT. One such item is this pleasing example of a Henry VIII Groat.
King Henry VIII, second of the Tudor dynasts, is best remembered for his separation of England from the Roman Catholic Church and his multiple marriages in pursuit of a male heir. He was also known for his role in the English Reformation, granting considerable power to the monarchy. In the realm of numismatics Henry VIII is less appreciated, as he oversaw the debasement of gold and silver coinage. The silver Groat featured here is from his second coinage series, the first to feature his portrait (the previous series utilized his father King Henry VII’s portrait). The portrait features a right facing bust with a larger, squarer face with a “Roman” nose and fluffy hair. The reverse design displays the coat of arms of the King, intersected by a cross. This lovely example boasts a dark plum hue, which comes to life under a light. This is just one of the many terrific pieces to be found in the November Baltimore Internet Session, so be sure to check it out, you never know what treasures you may come across!
To browse lots or for more information, visit StacksBowers.com. Though our Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore Auction is no longer open for further consignments, we are now accepting consignments of world and ancient coins for our January New York International Auction as well as Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our April 2016 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. If you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.