England (1471-72) angel Fr-139

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 31057
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31057 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $5,040. The catalog description[1] noted, "Edward IV (Second Reign, 1471-1483) gold Angel ND (1471-1472) MS63 NGC, London mint, Small annulet mm. A superlative example of this much loved gold denomination, hardly ever encountered in higher grades let alone in choice Mint State. Slightly double struck on the obverse yet retaining its full sharp depiction of St. Michael spearing Satan in the form of a dragon, its planchet of aged-gold color and with rich original surfaces gleaming with pale luster. Scarcely offered in this technical quality or with such intense eye appeal, a superior selection in all respects." This denomination was struck until the reign of Charles I and was worth one-third of a pound or six shillings eight pence. While expensive, the angels of this reign are more available than those of Henry VI, Edward V or Richard III

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.18 g (80 grains), .995 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-139, S-2091, N-1626.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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