England, Richard III silver groat 1484 or 1485.

England, Richard III silver groat 1484 or 1485.
Superb portrait – very strong strike with sharply detailed portrait of this last Plantagenet king. This particular issue with the halved sun / rose mint mark was only issued from June 1484 to the end of his reign a year later and consequently is very rare. Richard only struck coins for two and a half years and as an issue they are also rare. Usually portrayed as the murderer of the Princes in the Tower and a hunchback, this is now not at all certain – much of his bad press is due to Shakespeare and must be taken in the knowledge that the bard was writing plays for a Tudor monarch who would hardly have welcomed Richard being portrayed as anything other than a scheming dastard !.

Crowned bust facing, RICARD' DI' GRA' REX ANGL Z FRANC'.

Long cross pattee, POSVI DEVM ADJVTORE MEVM (I have made God my helper), CIVITAS LONDON. (city of London).

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