England (1399-1412) noble Fr-103
This specimen was lot 20017 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $28,200. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry IV, 1399-1413. Noble, ND (1399-1412). Heavy Coinage. Very Rare and Unusual Heavy/Light Coinage Mule King standing on ship with crescent on rudder, holding sword and shield, style 1 with four lis in upper left quadrant. Rv. ‘H’ at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Type A. Cross pattée. A fascinating example and unusual Heavy/Light Coinage muling. The obverse die is clearly Schneider 189 (listed at 118.1 grains), however this example weighs in at the Light Coinage standard. A handsome example with lovely color. A small edge knock at 9:30, otherwise not far from being as made. A key for the specialist of these early types. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Seaby, 1985." 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. In 1412 the noble was reduced from 120 grains to 108 grains.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 120 grains (7.8 g); this specimen 107.8 grains.
Catalog reference: S-1705; North-1336a; Fr-103/106.
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