England (1356-61) 1/2 noble Fr-90

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 20433
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This specimen was lot 20433 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Noble, (1356-61). London Mint. Edward III (1327-77). NGC MS-61. Well struck with good details and nearly full legends. Soft satin luster and quite scarce in this state of preservation." 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 60 grains (3.9 g).

Catalog reference: Fr-32; KM-886. Fr-90; S-1494; N-1186.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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