England (1413-22) noble Fr-109
This specimen was lot 20020 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry V, 1413-1422. Noble, ND (1413-22). King standing on ship, holding sword and shield. Rv. ‘H’ at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Class C. Cross pattée. Well-made with exceptional details in the center, notably the facial features. Round with full legends on both sides. Pleasing golden toning. Top quality type coin. Choice Very Fine. Ex: Stack’s, 1981." 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 106.5 grains.
Catalog reference: S-1742; North-1371; Fr-109.
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