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Coin, Groat of Henry VI

Artist: Unknown English Primary
Date: 1422-1427
15th century
Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 0.06 in. (2.54 x 2.54 x 0.16 cm)
Object Type: Coin
Creation Place: Europe, England
Medium and Support: Silver
Credit Line: Lent by Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ignazio Peluso, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso, 2007 (2007.245.2)
Accession Number: L2013.13.11
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

An obsolete currency today, the groat was worth four British pence. This coin was minted when King Henry VI (1421–1471) was a child. The front of the coin features a bust of the youthful-looking king with flowing hair. The same image was used on Henry’s coinage for the duration of his reign. A religious man, Henry was uninterested in politics and warfare. Later in life, he experienced several bouts of mental illness before recovering during the start of the Wars of the Roses, dynastic battles for the crown between the houses of York and Lancaster. Henry, who supported the House of Lancaster, was imprisoned and murdered in the Tower of London.


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