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Edward VI Crown

Ian Darke said he unearthed this hammered gold coin about 40 years since and he wondered what it might be worth today. It’s a gold crown piece of Edward VI, with a crowned profile bust of the king. The mint mark is a letter Y on the obverse only. On the reverse is a crowned shield of arms flanked by E R. In J. J. North’s English Hammered Coinage the type is listed as number 1814 and in the Standard Catalogue it is number 2442.


There are weak areas within the inner circle on the obverse, which make the king’s face look very peculiar. The reverse, too, is weak in areas corresponding to the obverse. However, the legend on both sides stands out reasonably well. The weakness will have an impact on its value but an auction estimate should still be in the region of £1,500.

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