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Home > Catalog > |Medieval & Modern Coins| > |England| > UK93010
England, Henry VI, 1422 - 1461 and 1470 - 1471
Henry seems to have been a decent man, but completely unsuited to kingship. He was totally dominated by the power-hungry factions at court and powerless to stop the outbreak of bloody civil war. It was clearly too much for him to cope with, as his recurring mental illness from 1453 onwards showed. During the Wars of the Roses it was his queen, Margaret, who was the driving force behind the Lancastrian faction, while Henry was captured first by one side, then the other. Whoever had the king in their possession was able to claim to be ruling in his name.

In 1590, William Shakespeare wrote a trilogy of plays about the life of Henry VI: Henry VI, part 1, Henry VI, part 2, and Henry VI, part 3. Henry also appears as a ghost in Richard III.
UK93010. Silver groat, Leaf-pellet issue, SCBC 1915, North 1503, VF, well centered, toned, light marks, edge split, London mint, weight 3.517g, maximum diameter 26.7mm, 1545 - 1454; obverse + hEnRIC x DI GRA x REX x AnGLI x Z x FRANC (Henry, by the Grace of God, King of England and France), facing crowned bust of Henry, leaf on breast, pellet on each side of crown, within a tressure of nine arcs with fleurs on cusps; reverse POSVI - DEVM A-DIVTOR-E MEVM (I have made God my helper), CIVI-TAS LON-DON (City of London), long cross patte, three pellets in each quarter, extra smaller pellet in two quarters; SOLD










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