Date: c. 1534-35
Ireland, Henry VIII (1509-47), Groat, first harp issue, with Anne Boleyn (1534-5), 2.30g, m.m. crown, crowned coat-of-arms, rev. crowned harp between royal cypher h a (S.6472)
- Pleasing dark tone
- Obverse weak in places, the reverse better
- Good Fine (GF)
- House of Tudor
- Henry VIII
- Anne Boleyn
- Anne Boleyn (c. 1501 – 19 May 1536)
- Queen of England 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII.
- Henry’s marriage to her, and her subsequent execution by beheading, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation.
- Anne was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard, and was educated in the Netherlands and France, largely as a maid of honour to Queen Claude of France.
- Anne returned to England in early 1522, to marry her Irish cousin James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond
- The marriage plans were broken off, and instead she secured a post at court as maid of honour to Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.