The battle of Agincourt, fought between the French and English forces as part of the hundred years war, took place on October 25th 1415, near Calais. Two months prior, Henry had crossed the English Channel with 11,000 men and laid siege to Harfleur in Normandy. The town surrendered after five weeks of intense siege. The siege however cost Henry V half his men. Given the depleting numbers, he decided to march his army northeast to Calais and return to England. At Agincourt however, a massive French army of 20,000 men stood in his path, greatly outnumbering the exhausted English archers, knights, and men-at-arms.
The English, starved and outnumbered, defeated the French forces and effectively crippled France. Due to Henry V’s brilliant military strategy, the English forces only suffered 600 casualties, while the French lost an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 solders.
The battle of Agincourt is recorded as one of the most decisive and important battles of the medieval era. It effectively marked the end of French supremacy over England and led to a reluctant diplomatic alliance between the English and French crown. Following the Battle of Agincourt, Henry V married the French king’s daughter, Catherine de Valois, and their son became the disputed King of France.
The Henry V coin shows the seal of Henry V along with the commemorative date of the Battle of Agincourt. The coin’s backside displays the coat of Arms of the House of Lancaster, along with the dates of Henry V’s rule as King of England (20 March 1413 – 31 August 1422).
The coin can either be ordered in Silver or Bonze.
Collectible Medieval Commemorative Coin
Diameter: 5 inches