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Edward III Chaise d'Or AU58

Edward III, as King of France and England (1327-60), gold Ecu D' Or a la Chaise, issued from 1344, seated figure of King on Gothic throne facing holding sword, within tressure of seven and a half arcs with fleurs in spandrels, small trefoils on cusps, saltires across base of throne, beaded circle and legends surrounding, double saltire stops, +EVVARDVSxx DEIx xGRAx xAGL'xx FRAnCIExx REX, rev. pellet at centre of quatrefoil, at centre of cross with pierced quatrefoil terminals, each terminal with three pellet stalked trefoils, within beaded and line quatrefoil tressure, with leaf trefoils on cusps, pellet centred trefoils in spandrels, beaded circle and legends surrounding, +XP'Cxx VInCITxx XPCxx REGNATxx XPCxx IMPERAT (Schneider 2/-; Elias 33b; AGC 38A dies 4/b; S.8035). A nice full coin, superior to the Schneider piece with a similar obverse, an unusual variety, good very fine and pleasing, has been graded and slabbed by PCGS as AU58, extremely rare.

PCGS Certification 626083.58/84023670

In March 1344 King Edward III wrote a letter to the Seneschal and the Constable giving information about the first gold coinage in England and suggested that the production of gold coins for the Duchy might be advantageous. Gold Ecu D'Ors were then produced up until about 1352 though the only surviving report of the coinage is one from the Constable Walter de Weston for period 31st March to 15th September of 1348.

The Latin legends translate as on obverse "Edward, by the Grace of God, King of France and England" and on reverse "Christ reigns, Christ conquers, Christ commands".

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