A Geraldine Issue 'Three Crowns' Groat of Henry VII - 1487 (2)

400 dot / inch


Irish Coinage


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_ Stafford-Langan
Version 1.10
1 September, 2002



This coin is an example of a Geraldine Three Crown groat of Henry VII

The legends are clear with no blundering and read:
(obverse) Double struck at start : REX AN(lis) GLI EFR
(reverse) DOM INE SVB(lis) ERN
Which translates and expands as
(obverse) King of England and France
(reverse)Lord of Ireland
The privy marks (such as the fleur-de-lis on this coin) are a common feature of coins of this issue.

The key characteristics of the Geraldine issue are the two small Fitzgerald arms which appears either side of the English/French royal arms which occupy the obverse.

The coin is in About Very Fine (AVF) condition with a full flan. It has a striking crack at 1 o'clock, and has several areas which are not well struck up, particularly the obverse legend at 3-4 o'clock. This is a good example of this issue. These coins are scarce in this condition and very rare in better than VF condition. The most common problem with coins of this period is clipping which removes part or all of the legend and they often exhibit poor or double striking which obscures part of the design.

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