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Friday, January 28, 2011

England 20 pence

20 pence, 1982
england 20 pence 1982
20 pence, 1990
england 20 pence 1990

20 pence, 1999
england 20 pence 1999Weight: 5gm
Metal: copper-nickel
Diameter: 21.4mm
Reverse: Tudor rose

The tudor rose is the traditional heraldic floral symbol from the Tudor dynasty of England.

When Henry Tudor defeated Richard III and took over the crown of England, he brought to an end the Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster (whose badge was a red rose) and the House of York (whose badge was a white rose). His father was Edmund Tudor from the House of Richmond, and his mother was Margaret Beaufort from the House of Lancaster; he married Elizabeth of York to bring all factions together.

Henry adopted the Tudor Rose badge which comprised of the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. The Tudor Rose is occasionally seen divided in quarters (heraldically as 'quartered') and vertically (in heraldic terms per pale) red and white.Quite often, the Tudor Rose is depicted as a double rose, white on red and is always described, heraldically, as "proper".

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