England (1469-70) rose noble Fr-132

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24220
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This specimen specimen was lot 24220 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,993.75. The catalog description[3] noted, "Edward IV (1st Reign, 1461-70) gold Ryal ND, Light Coinage of 1464-70, London, rev. Sun mm (struck 1469-70), MS62 NGC, a beautiful and decidedly choice coin, lustrous with rich gold toning, with a consistently bold strike on each side, the central motifs sharp, obverse legend just slightly off flan on right, particularly bold reverse with the central sunburst crisp (the design is a rose centered on a radiant sun, clearly detailed on this coin but not often discernible as such on many specimens)." Lobel[2] 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 It was superseded in 1470 by the gold angel.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 120 grains (7.8 g).

Catalog reference: S-1950; North-1549; 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • [2]Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.

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