England (1412-13) noble Fr-106

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20018
Eng c1412 noble rev P176-20018.jpg

This specimen was lot 20018 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $18,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry IV, 1399-1413. Noble, ND (1412-13). Light Coinage. Stunning Henry IV Light Coinage Noble-Ex: Garrett King standing on ship, holding sword and shield, with three lis in upper left quadrant. Rv. ‘H’ at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Cross pattée. Very rare. Some minor, as made weakness at high points on the obverse is observed on this virtually Mint State coin. The well-made flan glistens with crisp luster. Very minor legend shortening seen on the reverse. Certainly one of the finest known of this type and exemplary Garrett Collection pedigree (with antique tag). Worthy of strong competition. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Garrett Collection Part II, Bank Leu/Numismatic Fine Arts, October 16-18, 1984, lot 784 (at 8500 Swiss Francs); John Work Garrett; Spink Numismatic Circular XXXII 9-10 (1924): 33520 with the tag at 21 Pounds 10 Shillings." 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, 108 grains (7.0 g); this specimen 107.9 grains.

Catalog reference: S-1715; North-1355; Fr-106.


  • 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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