England (1413-22) 1/2 noble Fr-110
This specimen was lot 29826 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description noted, "Henry V (1413-1422) gold 1/2 Noble ND AU Details (Damaged) NGC. Mintmarks: Pierced cross pattée, broken annulet. King standing facing on ship, holding sword and shield, mullet above shield/Cross fleurée with 'h' at center, ends terminating in crowns and lis, all within tressure of eight arches. Likely bent, and straightened, with some flattening around periphery, obverse scuff above shield, otherwise a quite presentable example of this extreme rarity." 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, 54 grains (3.5 g).
Catalog reference: S-1750, North-1377 (ER), Fr-110.
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