This is a Tudor silver groat of Queen Mary I, minted in London between 1553 - 1554. It is has a crease across the portrait with a flat spot and some visible wear from circulation. The crease is likely due to this coin being used as a token of love.
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: 1.81 grams
ATTRIBUTION: Spink - 2492
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