England (1422-27) noble Fr-112
This specimen was lot 20026 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $8,812. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VI, First Reign, 1422-1461. Noble, ND (1422-30). Annulet Issue. Sharply Detailed Annulet Issue Noble King standing on ship, holding sword and shield. Rv. ‘H’ at center of cross; alternating crowns and lis within eight arches. Lis. A splendid Noble with exceptional details on both the obverse and reverse. The facial details, hair and crown are remarkably lifelike. Legends are slightly short in a few places. However, the glistening, natural golden luster truly accentuates the bold details. A perfect type coin from this monarch. About Uncirculated. Ex: Sotheby’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 107.3 grains.
Catalog reference: S-1799; North-1414; Fr-112.
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