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Auction 109  16 May 2024
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Lot 90

Starting price: 300 GBP
Price realized: 1050 GBP
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Good very fine | ENGLAND. Henry VI, 1422-61, 1470-71.
Gold quarter-noble, ND (1422-1461). Tower (London) mint.
Annulet issue, Obv: HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL, quartered shield of arms of England and France with lis above all within tressure of eight arches; Trefoil stops. Rev: EXALTABITVR IN GLORIA, ornate cross with lis to angles, lions between, and central lis, all within treasure of eight arches; mullet and annulet stops.
Good very fine.

The noble was the first English gold coin produced in major quantity, introduced during the second coinage of King Edward III. Before the noble, the gold penny and the florin were minted during the reign of King Henry III and the beginning of Edward III's. While these predecessors saw little circulation, the derivatives of the noble--the half noble and quarter noble here--were produced in quantity and were very popular. Nobles and their derivatives were struck throughout Henry VI's first reign (1422–61), but a shortage of gold resulted in fewer coins being struck.

Reference: S-1810
Weight: 1.71 g.
Composition: Gold.

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