England (1361) 1/4 noble Fr-94
This specimen was lot 24037 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description noted, "Edward III (1327-77) gold Quarter Noble ND, Treaty Period, Transitional Series of 1361-63, No French title, Cross Potent, pellets in cusps of obverse tressure consisting of eight arches, at center of reverse the form of a small cross potent with four annulets in angles and a large central pellet, MS64 NGC, a beautiful example which is actually sharper on reverse than the Schneider plate coin, lustrous, struck on a full broad flan, obverse legend clear but reverse legend super bold in all details. This is a wonderful quarter-noble!" The quarter noble was introduced by Edward III as part of a monetary reform and was tariffed at twenty pence (1 shilling 8 pence) and was the first gold coin to circulate in several centuries.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: gold, 40 grains.
Catalog reference: S-1501, North-1224, Schneider-72, Fr-94.
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