Mintmarks

Richard III boarshead mintmark

Henry VIII greyhound mintmark

 

Mintmarks are symbols found on coins donating the mint at which the coin was produced. They became more prominant after the reign of Henry IV and coins can be both placed and dated quite accurately from these marks.

In English coinage a wide variety of symbols have been used from crosses to birds to fruit!

This sunburst mintmark was used on coins of Henry VIII after the birth of his son Edward VI. It was allegedly showing the happiness of the king having produced a male heir.