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Treaty period quarter noble of Edward III

Paul Marland is the very fortunate finder of this hammered gold coin. It’s a treaty period quarter noble of Edward III.

As I’ve said before, treaty period quarter nobles of Edward III are the hammered gold coins found most frequently by detectorists. However, this specimen is a rare variety.

The obverse is the usual type (a shield of arms) but this coin has a cross in a circle over the shield, which indices it was struck at Calais rather than London.  On the reverse there is an annulet in the centre.

Quarter nobles of this type are listed in the Standard Catalogue as number 1513 and priced at £300 in Fine condition. The figure is only £25 higher than the price placed upon fairly common London coins of the treaty period. Those struck at Calais are rare and are outnumbered by London coin by more than ten to one.


The edge of the coin is slightly irregular and the reverse is off centre but Paul’s find is otherwise in about VF condition. It’s a nice looking coin, on which my pre-sale auction estimate would be £600 to £800.

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