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Angel of Henry VIII

This is the type of coin that all detectorists dream about digging up: hammered gold. It turned up during this month and the finder, Colin Tiltman, asked if I could let him have a valuation.

The coin is a gold angel of Henry VIII, which was struck during the first coinage. On the obverse St. Michael is depicted slaying a dragon and on the reverse is a ship with h and a rose flanking the mast. The mint mark doesn’t show up well but will be castle or H upon castle.


The flan is slightly uneven but this could easily be rectified by a skilled goldsmith. I’d grade the coin as about VF and if it was offered for sale at auction then a likely pre-sale estimate would be in the region of £2,000.

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