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World, Ireland, Edward VI, quatrefoil countermarked Henry VIII harp groat c. 1549-53

World, Ireland, Edward VI, quatrefoil countermarked Henry VIII harp groat c. 1549-53

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World, Ireland, Edward VI, quatrefoil countermarked Henry VIII harp groat (first coinage, 1540 issue, with HR by harp) c. 1549-53. 


This extremely rare issue originated in the reign of Edward VI. The Irish coinage of Henry VIII and Edward VI was so debased that it lost all value in circulation. Instead, commerce was conducted principally with decade-old coins, especially the groats of Edward IV and Henry VII, as well as the early fine harp coinage of Henry VIII, which was distinguished by the legend DOMINVS (because it had been struck before Henry VIII pronounced himself King of Ireland). 

However, these groats had commonly circulated at sixpence previously, so to avoid confusion they were countermarked with four pellets or a quatrefoil, to indicate that they should circulate as equivalent to the old coins of Edward IV and Henry VII with which they circulated. 

Countermark VF, the coin fair to fine and clear. Excessively rare, perhaps less than 10 examples known. 

Spink 6484B; punch as CNG 91 lot 1579 (hammer $2200) 
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