Henry VIII, 1509-1547, Gold Sovereign, (1544-47)
S-2291, Schneider-611, N-1825, 11.56 grams, 40mm. Third coinage (1544-47). Small module, king with bearded portrait seated facing on throne, holding orb and scepter, throne with curved sides, rose at feet, HENRIC 8 DI GRA AGL FRANCIE Z HIBER REX, reverse: crowned shield with lion and dragon supporters, HR in cartouche below, S/S (Southwark) mintmark. This piece presents a lovely round flan, usual softness on the king's head, robe, and knees, but overall, the striking details are sharp with all legends clear. Magnification reveals scattered minor handling marks, nothing worthy of singular mention. Rich antique-gold color has gathered over the centuries. For future identification, a small die "cud" (break) is noted at 3 o'clock on the obverse rim. This represents an extremely rare issue and a superior piece for the grade, very difficult to improve upon.