English Medieval Groat Coin 1351 – 1505
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The groat is a type of silver coin minted in England, Scotland and Ireland. Influenced by the weight and size of the highly successful Italian Venetian grosso coin. The groat was a larger and heavier coin compared to the more common English penny.
The first English groats were issued during the reign of Edward I in 1279. However, the coin did not become popular until a lower weight reissue by Edward III in 1351.
This style of groat is a reproduction of the reissued groat introduced by Edward III in 1351. The design of the coin remained in use until 1505 with only small changes to the bust of the coin. Making the groat a highly versatile coin for 14th and 15th century reenactors.
This style of coin was minted by the following kings during the following years:
Edward III - 1351-1361
Richard II (1377-1399)
Henry IV (1399-1413)
Henry VI 1422- 1430
Edward IV (1461-1470, 1471-1483)
Richard III (1483-1485)
Henry VII (1485-1505)
The face of the coin features a crowned bust of the king within a tressure of nine arches and fleur de lis.
The reverse of the coin features a long cross quartered in two concentric circles
These coins are hand-stamped by a passionate reenactor who performs historical coin minting demonstrations. As each coin is hand stamped small variations may exist adding to the hand made character of the coins.
Made from high-quality pewter.
Cards and dice also available separately.