The reign of Henry VII was a significant period for the British coinage, when changes were taking place to make the coinage appear a little more modern. Until the closing years of the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509) in the early sixteenth century a stylised representation of the monarch, bearing no resemblance to an individual, had been the image of royalty seen by those who used coins, but now an attempt was made to achieve a recognisable portrait. What an extraordinary moment it must have been for the greater part of the population to see for themselves for the first time the refined profile or half-face of Henry VII. Pictured here is a testoon, or shilling, featuring this new recognisable portrait of Henry VII.
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