Half Sovereign of Henry VIII (1509-47)

From the third coinage (1544-47), the Southwark mint, London

The coin shows the bearded Henry seated facing on an ornate throne holding an orb and sceptre with a Tudor rose below. The inscription reads: HENRIC 8 DI GRA AGL FRANCIE Z HIBERN REX.

The reverse shows a crowned shield quartered with the arms of England and France supported by a crowned lion on left and a dragon on right with E inscribed below, all surrounded by the inscription: IHS AVTEM TRANCIENS PER MEDIV ILLORV IBAT.  Translation;  “but Jesus passing through the midst of them went His way." (Luke 4:30)