This Silver Groat coin was struck during King Henry VIII’s reign from 1509 – 1547. On the obverse of this historic piece bears a portrait of the Sovereign, a crowned King Henry VIII, while the reverse depicts a Royal Shield.
Henry is best known for his six marriages and, in particular, his efforts to have his first marriage, to Catherine of Aragon, annulled. His disagreement with the Pope on the question of such an annulment led Henry to initiate the English Reformation, separating the Church of England from papal authority and appointing himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Despite his resulting excommunication, Henry remained a believer in core Catholic theological teachings.