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Henry VII Coins

Henry VII was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1485 until 1509. He was the first Tudor King, and last King of England to gain his throne on the field of battle. He was successful in stabilising the monarchy following the Civil War and in rebalancing the country's finances. King Henry VII coins were Angels, Groats and the very first Sovereign. All would have been hammered coins, produced in mints under the supervision of the Tower Mint in London.

Precessor : Richard III | Successor : Henry VIII

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Born in Pembroke Castle in 1457, King Henry VII had a tenuous claim to the English throne. Following the War of the Roses, and the Battle of Bosworth Field, he overthrew King Richard III, and began the Tudor dynasty.

King Henry’s foreign policy centred around maintaining peace and improving economic prosperity. He signed treaties with the French, Spanish and Holy Roman Empire. He arranged for the marriage of his son, Arthur to Spaniard Catherine of Aragon (who would later go on to marry his other son Henry) in order to strengthen his ties to the newly united Spanish Kingdom.

Henry was normally a reserved man but shocked his courtiers when he learned of the death of his son Arthur, and publicly showed his intense grief. He died in 1509 of tuberculosis, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. His was succeeded by his second son, the infamous Henry VIII.

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