England (1346-51) noble Fr-86

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20001
Eng c1346 noble rev P176-20001.jpg

This specimen was lot 20001 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $7,638. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward III, 1327-1377. Noble, Third Coinage. Third Period. ND (1346-51). King standing on ship, holding sword and shield. Rv. ‘E’ at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Large letters. Lovely type coin with petty, but characteristic of the series, faults. The flan is minimally short of legend in a few spots and not fully struck up. Overall very handsome for the technical grade. Fine Plus. Ex: Seaby, 1985 (with tag)." The noble was introduced by Edward III as part of a monetary reform and was tariffed at eighty pence (6 shillings 8 pence) and was the first gold coin to circulate in several centuries. It and its subdivisions remained the only British gold coins until the reign of Edward VI. It is not, strictly speaking, correct to refer to Great Britain until the reign of James I, who united England and Scotland.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: gold, 128.5 grains (8.3 g); this specimen 117.3 grains.

Catalog reference: S-1481; North-1110; Fr-86.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Bruce Roland Hagen, Ponterio sale 176: The Thos. H. Law Collection of English Gold Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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