Captivating the public for more than four centuries as one of its most intriguing personalities,
Henry VIII remains an iconic figure in British history.
This gold crown is part of Henry VIII's third coinage, which was introduced in 1544. The coin’s most notable feature is its crowned double rose, which symbolises the reconciliation between the House of Lancaster and the House of York, a significant union during the Wars of the Roses, that is flanked by the royal letters 'H' and 'K'. The coin also features an inscription that reads 'HENRIC VIII RUTILANS ROSA SINE SPINA', which translates to 'Henry VIII, a Resplendent Rose Without Thorns'.
On the reverse, a quartered shield, likewise crowned, bears the Arms of England and France, encircled by the inscription 'DEI G R AGL Z FRANC DNS HIBERNIE,' which translates to 'By the Grace of God, King of England, France, and Ireland’. Notably, the intertwined letters 'WS' on the reverse of the coin denote the initials of Master William Sharington, which indicates that the coin was struck in Bristol between 1544 and 1549.
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