Henry VIII, Tudor King 1509-1547
London. Second coinage of 1526-1544. Crowned, facing, full-length image of the king enthroned, holding golden orb and scepter, a portcullis at his feet, Lis over Sunburst mintmark; reverse, Tudor shield of arms at center of full-blown rose, Arrow mintmark. Double saltire stops in legend. Very rare. The largest coin of this turbulent reign. One of the great treasures of the Tyrant Collection.
Superbly detailed and retaining the full bloom of 16th-century luster, struck on a particularly fine flan. An astounding example of this fabled coin, perhaps the finest known.