Henry VIII Sovereign and Half Sovereign

       (courtesy of Lloyd Bennett)

The Tudor Sovereign

In 1489 Henry VII minted a magnificent gold coin worth one pound (twenty shillings). The obverse was the king enthoned and the reverse a Tudor rose with the Royal coat of arms at the centre. Henry VIII continued the coin and in 1544 a half sovereign (10 shillings) was added. Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth all minted sovereigns as did James I during his first coinage of 1603-04. However the coin was succeeded in 1604 by the Rose-Ryal.