Coin marks Henry VIII anniversary

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The Royal Mint is issuing a limited edition £5 coin to mark 500 years since Henry VIII ascended to the throne.

A few of the "coins fit for a king" are cast in platinum, with a hefty price tag of £4,400. For ordinary subjects, there are cupro-nickel ones for £9.99.

Featuring the robust figure of Henry himself, they carry the words Rosa Sine Spina, meaning "rose without a thorn", which featured on coins in 1509.

All of the coins show the controversial king standing in front of a frieze of roses, which echoes the antique style of design much favoured in the carvings and tapestries of the period.

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