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Angel of Henry VII

The majority of detectorists have never unearthed a hammered gold coin. A minority of detectorists have found hammered gold but most of us have never experienced the thrill of a specimen appearing out of a freshly dug hole.

Pictured here is an outstanding example discovered only recently by Heath Huntington, who told me about the find: “It was found on arable land around 8” deep next to a rusted out piece of metal and around 12′ away from a silver sixpence of Elizabeth I.

This is my first gold find after 6 years of detecting and to say the least I am over the moon, it is a very special find and came out of the ground as is in the photos and received a gentle wash under warm water and a gentle brush with an old toothbrush.”

On the obverse there is no Roman numeral after the king’s name but Heath’s find is a gold angel of Henry VII, who was the first king of the Tudor dynasty. It’s an example of type V and has mint mark pheon on both sides. In the Standard Catalogue the type is listed as number 2192.


Many of the hammered gold coins that have been found are damaged in some way or other but this one is in really good condition.  

The coin is well struck on a round flan and has good eye appeal. It would grade VF and if sold at auction then in its present state of preservation I would expect the hammer price to be no less than £2,500.

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Heath Huntington
Heath Huntington
6 months ago

Thank you Peter for a great write up, your expertise and knowledge is greatly appreciated.