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Calais mint quarter noble of Henry VI

The finder of this hammered gold coin asked to remain anonymous. It has been reported and recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database.

The coin is a Calais mint quarter noble of Henry VI, which was struck during the annulet coinage. On the obverse is a shield of arms with a fleur de lis to the left and to the right and above it. There is another fleur de lis after hEnRIC and all the other stops are trefoils.

In the legend on the reverse there is a cinquefoil after EXALTABITVR and an annulet after In. On both sides the mint mark at the start of the legend is a large fleur de lis.

Quarter nobles of this type are discussed by Lord Stewartby on page 322 in English Coins 1180-1551. In the Standard Catalogue the type for Henry VI is number 1814.    


Both sides of the coin would grade good VF but in one area the edge has been bent upwards. A professional conservator should be able to straighten it out quite easily but there is a slim chance that it could break or leave a crease mark. If I was cataloguing this coin for sale at auction then I would set the pre-sale estimate at £1,200 to £1,500 and I would be confident that the hammer price would be at least the lower figure.

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