Silver shilling of Edward VI
Tudor, issued in 1551
When Henry VIII died in 1547 his son Edward VI ascended the throne at the age of ten. Since he was too young to rule his uncle and 'Protector', the Duke of Somerset, ruled in his place. During the six years of his reign, until his death in 1553, three main coinages were struck. This example, of the fine silver issue of 1551-53, was struck at the Tower of London with the obverse showing a crowned bust of the young king. To the right of the king's face are the Roman numerals XII (=12d). This is the first instance of the mark of value occurring in the English coinage.