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  • The Royal Mint has unveiled the fifth coin in its British Monarchs Collection featuring the remastered portrait of Henry VIII.
  • This is the first coin in the collection to feature His Majesty King Charles III’s official coinage portrait on the obverse.

The Royal Mint, official maker of UK coins, has unveiled the fifth coin in its British Monarchs Collection. The coin which features the remastered portrait of Henry VIII, is the fifth coin in The British Monarchs Collection and the second in the collection to feature a King from the House of Tudor. Henry VIII’s Father, Henry VII featured on the first coin of the series.

One of the United Kingdom’s most infamous monarchs, Henry VIII reigned between 1509 and 1547, presiding over monumental changes which brought England into the Protestant Reformation.

During his reign, Henry VIII turned to debasing his coinage, which involved combining precious metal content of a coin with a more common ‘base’ metal such as copper. Coins were struck with increasing amounts of copper, which has a thin layer of silver applied in order to make them more acceptable. This layer eventually wore away, especially around the nose of the Henry VIII’s forward facing portrait. This tell-tale sign on debased coins gave Henry VIII an unfavourable nickname, 'Old Coppernose'.

The debasement of the coinage affected the quality of Henry VIII’s portrait making it one of the most difficult of the original portraits to reproduce for the British Monarch’s Collection, as the fineness and clarity of the design had lost definition over the years.

To remaster the original Henry VIII coin as part of the British Monarch’s series, The Royal Mint’s talented design team combined their exceptional craftsmanship skills with innovative technology to successfully remaster the Henry VIII coin design. The design team, utilised state of the art technology at the very beginning, with scanners being used to examine the original coin multiple times to provide clear reference points to the design. This along with liaising with the Royal Mint Museum regularly, ensured that the Henry VIII coin design had been remastered faithfully, with clarity added to the modern version of the original coin. The remastered Henry VIII coin design depicts what the design would have looked like once the coin was struck, prior to it losing its fineness of design.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint said: Despite the challenge caused by the quality of Henry VIII’s original portrait, the effigy has been faithfully recreated in fine detail using state-of-the-art technology and numismatic processes.

We are delighted to add Henry VIII as the fifth addition to the popular British Monarchs Collection. People love to collect the coins of different monarchs, and the British Monarchs series gives the chance for collectors to add key monarchs to complete their collections. With this being the first coin in the series to feature the official coinage portrait of His Majesty King Charles III, we do anticipate a high demand for these coins from collectors. There has been significant international appeal with The British Monarchs Collection, with its coins being bought by collectors in multiple countries.”

Chris Barker, Information and Research Manager at The Royal Mint Museum said: “Due to the debasement, good examples of coins from this period of Henry VIII’s reign are rare to find, meaning that the definition of the reverse and obverse designs have been worn away through time. The coin used to recreate the King’s portrait was a testoon, one of the coins that would have been affected by the debasement.”

The Royal Mint’s British Monarchs series spans four Royal Houses – Tudor, Stuart, Hanover and Windsor: formerly known as Saxe-Coburg, Gotha – remastering iconic designs in high definition for the first time thanks to the latest technology and minting techniques.

For more information about the Henry VIII coin, please visit British Monarchs - Henry VII- House of Tudor | The Royal Mint. For more information about The British Monarchs Collection, please visit British Monarchs | The Royal Mint

 

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Coin Title

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 5oz Gold Proof Coin

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 2oz Gold Proof Coin

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 1oz Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£500

£200

£100

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au

999.9 Au

999.9 Au

Weight (g)

156.30

62.42

31.21

Diameter (mm)

50.00

40.00

32.69

Obverse Designer

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Reverse Designer

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Additional Features

N/A

N/A

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

75

175

100

RRP

£10,820

£4,485

£2,370

 

Coin Title

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 10oz Silver Proof Coin

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 5oz Silver Proof Coin

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 2oz Silver Proof Coin

British Monarchs King Henry VII 2022 UK 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Denomination

£10

£10

£5

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999 Ag

999 Ag

999 Ag

999 Ag

Weight

312.59

156.30

62.86

31.21

Diameter

65.00

65.00

40.00

38.61

Obverse Designer

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Reverse Designer

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Additional Features

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

150

275

700

1250

RRP

£885

£455

£180

£92.50

 

About The Royal Mint

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest companies and the original maker of UK coins.  Today The Royal Mint is a premium British maker, providing carefully crafted coins and precious metal products for the UK and overseas.  Based in Llantrisant, South Wales it has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Consumer (collectable and rare, historic coins) and precious metals investment.

Collecting with The Royal Mint

Every coin tells a story, from a rare gold Sovereign to a Peter Rabbit™ 50p coin. The Royal Mint aims to inspire collectors young and old and nurture a love of collecting through unique designs and popular themes. As the maker of UK coinage, we have unparalleled knowledge about coins, from the historic coins of our past, through to the collectable commemorative coins of today.  Sourcing and authenticating pre decimal coins is a natural fit for The Royal Mint as we struck each one.

Investing with The Royal Mint

As a world authority on precious metals, The Royal Mint has traded and made products in gold and silver for centuries. Since launching its designated precious metals investment arm six years ago, The Royal Mint has grown rapidly to become the home of gold in the UK – increasing its market share and becoming the largest producer of bullion coins in Britain. As well as offering physical precious metal investment options in the form of bars and coins, The Royal Mint also offers a range of digital investment options including DigiGold, Little Treasures, designed for children, and Gold for Pensions

Celebrating with The Royal Mint

For over a thousand years The Royal Mint has marked the moments that changed the world on coins - from coronations to conflict, from commemorations to celebrations. The designs are captured on commemorative coins, minted in a range of metals.  Commemorative coins do not always enter circulation but give collectors the chance to purchase coins to keep and cherish.  Recent themes have included David Bowie, Winnie the Pooh, Decimalisation and Team GB. Each commemorative coin is carefully struck up to three times in order to create a superbly detailed finish, and ensuring each one meets the standards The Royal Mint is famous for. 

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The Royal Mint opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales in 2016. Since opening the award-winning attraction has welcomed around 400,000 visitors through its doors and is the place to explore the 1,100-year history of coins.

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