Gold coin; Denomination: Sovereign
Tower Mint, London
Henry VIII (1509-1547)

Third Coinage. The sovereign was a one pound or twenty shilling coin.

Obverse Description

The King enthroned holding an orb and sceptre, the throne birds on its pillars; around, (mm lis) HENRIC 8 DI GRA AGL FRANCIE Z HIBER REX

Reverse Description

A crowned shield quartered with the arms of England and France, with supporters a crowned lion on left and a dragon on right; below HR; around (mm lis) IHS AVTEM TRANCIENS PER MEDIV ILLORV IBAT (translation: but Jesus passing through the midst of them went His way; from Luke iv, 30).

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