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IRELAND - Henry VII (1485-1509)
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IR1734 - Henry VII (1485-1509), Groat, 1.67g., 22mm, Early Three Crowns Issues (1485-1487) no mint name (Dublin), royal arms over long cross terminating in a trefoil of pellets, REX ANGLIE FRANCIE rev., three crowns over long cross terminating in a trefoil of pellets, DOMINVS HYBERNIE (S.6414), typically weak in parts and somewhat short fo flan otherwise very fine. $295 NOW $245 SOLD

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IR1730 - Henry VII (1485-1509), struck under the authority of Gerald Mór FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare (c. 1456–1513), Groat, 1.85g., 23mm, Three Crowns Issues (c. August - October 1487) no mint name (Dublin mint), no regal title, royal arms over long cross terminating in a trefoil of annulets, arms of the Fitzgerald's either side, REX ANGLIE FR, rev., three crowns over long cross terminating in a trefoil of annulets, no h below, DOMINOS VRERN (S.6415), good very fine for issue and on a full round flan with all the salient features struck up. $995 SOLD

This issue was struck during a period of near independence from English regal control (1477-1494) under Gerald FitzGerald as Lord Deputy of Ireland. FitzGerald's period of office spanned the end of the Yorkist dynasty, the rebellion of the Pretender Lambert Simnel and the ultimate victor of the conflict Henry VII. His paramount position amongst the old Anglo-Norman nobility of Ireland made him both unassailable and indispensible to the English king. A situation reflected in the absence of Henry's name on the coin and presence of FitzGerald's own coat of arms, an initial 'h' as a token nod to Henry's real authority is seen on some issues but is absent on this one.

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IR1722 - Henry VII (1485-1509), Groat, 1.87g., 13mm, Late Portrait Issues (c.1496-1505), Dublin mint, group IIc, facing bust with arched crown, HENRICVS DEI GRA DNS HYBER, saltires on points of tressures, rev., POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM, CIVITAS DVBLINE, long cross, trefoils in quarters, (S.6455), almost very fine, toned, somewhat short of flan. $475 SOLD