This is a wonderful Tudor silver groat of Queen Mary I, minted in London between 1553 - 1554. It is in good condition with a nice portrait of Mary, the flan has a slight crease (see photos) but otherwise I would grade at an easy VF.
The obverse legend is MARIA D G ANG FRA Z HIB REGI with pomegranate (the badge of her mother, Katherine) after MARIA.
The enigmatic reverse legend reads VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA – “Truth, the Daughter of Time”. this statement, in my opinion, must relate to her accession as Queen, after her father had claimed her illegitimate on his marriage to Anne Boyeln (mother of Elizabeth I) something to think about!
CULTURE: Tudor England
DATE: 1553 - 1554 A.D.
SIZE: 24mm dia
WEIGHT: 1.9 grams
ATTRIBUTION: Spink - 2492
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