Edward III gold Treaty Noble

Edward III gold Treaty Noble

Edward III (1327-77), gold Noble of six shillings and eight pence, Tower Mint London, Treaty Period (1361-69) King standing in ship with upright sword and quartered shield, beaded circle surrounding, annulet before legend, oED WARDxx DEIxx GRAxxREXxx AnGLxx DnSxx hYB'xZx AQ T', rev. E at centre of ornamental cross with lis terminals, crowns over lions in angles, all within a beaded and linear tressure, fleurs in spandrels, legend +Ih'Cxx AVTEmxx TRAnSIEnSxx PERxx mEDIVxx ILLORVmxx IBAT, only last A of legend barred, 7.71g (Schneider 86-7; N.1232; S.1503). Lightly toned, some old deposit around sail, a few spots of deposit on reverse, one edge knock, otherwise a little weak on one part of hull and corresponding part of reverse, with an excellent face on the King, good very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Edward by the Grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland and Aquitaine"; and on the reverse "But Jesus, passing through the midst of them, went His way" taken from the Bible.


This coin was struck in the period of the Treaty of Bretigny ratified on the 24th October 1360, at which point Edward III relaxed his claim to the French throne, so that he no longer styled himself as King of France in the Latin titles upon the coinage. This all changed in 1369 when the captive King John II died and his son became King Charles V of France continuing the 100 years War.



Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, March 2011, item HS4436.


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