Irish Coinage

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Henry VII
Portrait Issues

 

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The Irish 'Portrait' Coinage of Henry VII ( 1490 to 1505)

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2001 - Copyright
John
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Version 1.08a
10 Jan, 2001

   

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Henry VII - Portrait Groat - Type I

In about 1493 Henry VII introduced a new coinage for Ireland consisting almost entirely of groats (fourpence) with a design like that of the earlier English coinage (i.e. a crowned facing portrait obverse and a cross and pellets reverse). This coinage was of a lower standard than the English and the coins were poorly produced.

The portrait issue of Henry VII survived until about 1500 with the coins being produced in increasingly poorer quality and in lower standard silver. By about 1500 the mint in Dublin was closed and the Irish economy was again dependent on English coin.