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LOT 0248

Sold for (Inc. bp): £211

ENGLISH MEDIEVAL HENRY VI - LONDON - LEAF-TREFOIL / TREFOIL MULE HALFGROAT
(1.77 grams.).

1438-1443 AD, leaf-trefoil/trefoil mule. Obv: facing bust with leaf on breast in tressure of seven arcs with +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FR legend with saltire stops. Rev: long cross and pellets with no initial cross and POSVI DEUM ADIVTORE M legend with trefoil after DEVM and CIV TAS LON DON inner legend for London mint. About very fine, obverse from worn die, slightly clipped, extremely rare.

PROVENANCE:
Ex. J. Fay collection; found Matching Green, Essex, 2011.

LITERATURE:
S. 1901/1911A; N. -; Greenhalgh, p. 93, dies DIG 6/2.

FOOTNOTES:
The trefoil issue halfgroat is only known from two reverse dies muled with a single leaf-trefoil obverse die. David Greenhalgh in his study published as The Galata Guide to Medieval Halfgroats lists three known specimens of this particular coin and die combination; one in each of the British and Fitzwilliam Museums and one (present location unknown) from the Reigate Hoard; this is the fourth known example.