England (1369-77) noble Fr-98
This specimen was lot 20012 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $9,988. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward III, 1327-1377. Noble, Fourth Coinage. Post-treaty Period. ND (1369-77). Beautifully Struck Post-treaty Noble King standing on ship, holding sword and shield. Rv. 'E' at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Cross Potent, ‘E’ with pellet at center. Virtually as struck; likely referred to as FDC in the past. Frosty luster on a very round flan. The central details on either side are displayed in very high relief. A real stunner and worthy of a great premium. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Baldwin, 1976." 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 107.9 grains.
Catalog reference: S-1518; North-1278; Fr-98.
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