Henry VIII

Queen Elizabeth II £5: Henry VIII

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Henry VIII had an eventful reign over four decades from 1509 - 1547, overseeing the union of England and Wales in 1535 and founding the Royal Navy. However he is most well-known for having six wives, two of whom were executed under the charge of treason. In later life, Henry became grossly overweight as a consequence of not being able to exercise after a jousting incident, which hastened his death in 1547. This £5 coin issued by the Royal Mint commemorates the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII to the throne. The reverse design by John Bergdahl features a recreation of the famous standing portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein.
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