Richard III - Rose Groat - Drogheda


at 400 dots / inch

 


Irish Coinage

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2001 - Copyright
John
_Stafford-Langan
Version 1.08b
7 July, 2001

 

This coin is a groat of Richard III's first 'rose' issue.

The legend are :

Obverse:
RICARDCVS DEI GRA DNS HyBE
Ricard by the Grace of God Lord of Ireland

Reverse Outer:
POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM MEVM
I have made God my Helper

Reverse Inner:
VILLA DROGHEDA
Town of Drogheda

These groats which were only struck in Drogheda continue the style of the final issue of Ricard's brother Edward IV who died in 1483. Some of these coins are known from dies with the letters RIC engraved over EDW on the obverse indicating an almost direct continuation of minting operations when news of Richard's ascending the throne came through to Drogheda.

This coin is in Good Very Fine condition. The flan is a bit small for the coin, which is normal for the issue as the weight of just under 32 grains to which these coins were struck meant that a full size flan was too thin to strike properly or to subsequently survive unbroken. These coins are often found in quite worn or damaged condition and occasionally pierced.

This example is about as good as can be found and even the major public collections do not contain any significantly better examples.

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