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London noble of Edward III

This hammered gold coin was sent in by Tom Richards, who asked for a valuation on his find. It’s a London noble of Edward III, which was struck during the transitional treaty period so it dates from 1361.

On the obverse King Edward is depicted holding a sword whilst standing in a ship. There is a Lombardic letter E in the centre of the reverse, which is set in a panel with an annulet on each tip. In the Standard Catalogue nobles of this type are listed as number 1499.

The coin is slightly short of flan, so it might have been clipped. Alternatively, it could be full weight but struck on a flan that is too small for the dies.


No obvious defects show up on this noble and overall it would grade good Fine to about VF. A slightly finer specimen was recently sold at auction and the hammer price was £2,200. Therefore, Tom’s coin shouldn’t be worth any less than £2,000.

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