England (1356-61) noble Fr-89

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20004
Eng c1356 noble rev P176-20004.jpg

This specimen was lot 20004 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $5,581. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward III, 1327-1377. Noble, Fourth Coinage. Pre-treaty Period. ND (1356-61). King standing on ship, holding sword and shield. Rv. ‘E’ at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Series G. Cross 3, small ‘E’ at center. Frosty luster on an as made coin. Classic medieval striking style on a well-made flan. Very Fine. Ex: Glendining, 1981." 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 but scarce.

Specification: gold, 120 grains (7.8 g); this specimen 118.6 grains.

Catalog reference: S-1490; North-1180; Fr-89.


  • 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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