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Edward III Quarter Noble

This is another coin from the collection of detecting finds built up over many years by Ian Darke. It’s a London gold quarter noble of Edward III, which was struck during the treaty period. In the centre of the obverse is a shield bearing the quartered arms of England and France set within the tressure. The surrounding legend reads +EDWARD DEI GRA REX AnGL. Within the inner circle on the reverse is an ornate cross with a fleur de lis in the centre surrounded by a tressure. Outside the tressure is a legend reading +EXALTABITVR In GLORIA.


I’ve seen lots of quarter nobles of Edward III as detecting finds but as they were made of nearly pure gold they are usually damaged in some way when they surface. I can’t see anything wrong with this one and it shows little sign of any circulation. If it was offered for sale at auction then the pre-sale estimate shouldn’t be any lower than £600-700.

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