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"Rare English Coin, Gold Ryal, Queen Mary (Bloody Mary) in ship with sword and shield, 1553-1554"

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Gold Angel of King Henry VIII (1509-1547) First Coinage (1509-26) 5.11g (S.2265, N.1760). Obv. Mint Mark - castle with pellet left. rev. castle with saltire right.

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It was really a pretty little coin: The English 6d of Oak sprigs and acorns ~ The sixpence, known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, was a British pre-decimal coin, worth six (pre-1971) pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling. The first sixpences were struck in the reign of Edward VI in 1551 and continued until they were rendered obsolete by decimalisation in 1971.

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Gold Angel of King Edward IV (1471-1483) London Mint, 5.13g (S.2091, N.1626). Mint Mk: (vis. in obv. legend) heraldic cinquefoil. Obv: St. Michael spearing the dragon. Rev: Ship with E and rose beside mast.

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You really had to know math to use the money. I'm so familiar with this money. I grew up with it.

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OMG! I didn't know that when you put all the English coins together, you get the Royal crest.

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Of the 98 gold coins in the hoard some came from the Continent, for example from Italy & France/Netherlands, but no less than 73 are English. The English coins were mostly struck by kings and (probably) bishops from London and Kent. 3 of the coins were unofficial issues made to look like coins. The hoard originally also contained some coin blanks and one forgery. The simple style of the facing head on is how bishops and saints are drawn in manuscripts.

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