Henry VIII has found his way into popular culture – as a 1933 motion picture ("The Private Life of Henry VIII") starring Charles Laughton, the number one record by Herman's Hermits in 1965 ("I'm Henry VIII, I Am"), and recently as a popular series on cable television-about Henry VIII's reign that they describe as "hallmarked by political and religious upheaval, violence and corruption."
The British mint issued Henry VIII coins during his 38-year reign, and now the Royal Mint has struck coins for Great Britain commemorating the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne at the age of 17.
The design on the proof gold and brilliant uncirculated copper-nickel coins shows Henry VIII standing before a frieze of roses in the "antique" style favored in the carvings and tapestries of the period. On the edge is a Latin inscription, Rosa Sine Spina (Rose Without a Thorn), which was also used on Henry VIII's own coinage. Additional details include the initials HR (Henry Rex) which represents his personal monogram and a rope border surrounding the coin's design which symbolizes the Royal Navy. [click to continue…]