England (1483) angel Fr-145
This specimen was lot 20045 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $28,200. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Richard III, 1483-1485. Angel, ND (1483-85). Boars Head 1/Sun & Rose/Sun & Rose. Very Rare and Choice Richard III Angel St. Michael, with feathered wings, spearing dragon. Titles RICARD DI GRA. Rv. Ship with shield at center; ‘r’ and rose flank thick cross-like mast. A short series, but one with complex marks and die pairings. This is a popular series with great historical character, owing to Richard's infamous nature. A very rare choice example. Some weakness on the obverse is noted at the centers and the face, though this is as made. The reverse, stronger overall, is especially sharp and well-detailed. Frosty luster with a natural golden sheen. A top grade example. Extremely Fine. Ex: Seaby, 1984." 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 It was superseded in 1470 by the gold angel, worth six shillings and eight pence. This issue is attributed to the short reign of Richard III by the "RICARD DI GRA" on the obverse.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 80 grains; this specimen 78.5 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2149; North 1676; Fr-145.
- 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.