England (1465-66)-Coventry rose noble Fr-132
This specimen was lot 20034 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $8,812. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward IV, First Reign, 1461-1470. Ryal or Rose Noble, ND (1465-66). Sun. Coventry Mint. Light Coinage. Very Rare Coventry Mint Ryal King standing on ship, holding sword and shield; rose at side of ship and ‘E’ on stern. Coventry Mint with retrograde closed “C” mintmark (see Schneider 421). Rv. Sun at center surrounded by alternating crown/lion and lis within double tressure of eight arches. A very rare branch mint type. Fairly well balanced though some portions of the legends are muddled. Well struck with strong centers on a round, well-made flan. Very Fine. Ex: Sotheby’s, 1981." Lobel notes that in the 1460's the price of gold rose to where nobles were being exported from England to the Continent. To forestall this, in 1464 the king raised the value of the noble to eight shillings four pence and introduced a new coin, the rose noble, tariffed at ten shillings. It was superseded in 1470 by the gold angel. This branch mint issue from Coventry is much scarcer than the London issues.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 120 grains (7.8 g); this specimen 118.0 grains.
Catalog reference: S-1955; North-1551; Fr-132.
- 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.
- 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.