England (1480-83) angel Fr-139

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20040
Eng c1481 angel rev P176-20040.jpg

This specimen was lot 20040 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward IV, Second Reign, 1471-1483. Angel, ND (1480-83). Heraldic Cinquefoil. St. Michael, with feathered wings, spearing dragon. Rv. Ship with shield at center; ‘E’ and rose flank thick cross-like mast. As made, virtually Mint State. Well struck, frosty and choice with superb details in the centers and perimeter legends. An ideal type coin from this series. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Glendining, 1982." 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 It was superseded in 1470 by the gold angel, worth six shillings and eight pence.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 5.18 g (80 grains), this specimen 79.0 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2091; North-1626; Fr-139.


  • 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]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.
  • [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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