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HM32640

Edward IV Half-Angel, second reign, mintmark pierced cross and pellet

Regular price £3,950
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Edward IV, second reign (1471-83), gold Half-Angel, Tower Mint, London, Archangel Michael spearing dragon, one foot on dragon, beaded circle surrounding, initial mark pierced cross and pellet to lower right (3rd Feb 1477- early 1480), saltire stops with abbreviated Latin legend both sides, EDWΛRD'x DIx GRΛ REXx ΛnGL, rev. ship sailing right, quartered shield upon hull, cross above, E to left, rose to right, mint mark pierced cross and pellet to lower left, Ox CRVX ΛVEx SPES VNICΛ*', weight 2.58g (cf. Schneider 477-78; Blunt and Whitton XVIII; N.1630; S.2093). Toned, good overall detail, weak in the portrait otherwise very fine and rare, seldom seen in this reign.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Edward by the Grace of God, King of England"; and on the reverse "Hail! O Cross, our only hope."

The pierced cross and pellet mint mark was used in the 1477-80 period along with other similar marks but this one was more likely to have been used in 1477 period only. The accounting period for 1476-78 show approximately 3,000 pounds in weight of gold being coined at a face value of £65,775 from 6th May 1476 until 29th September 1478.

Provenance:
Ex Dix Noonan and Webb, Auctions 88-89, 29th September 2010, lot 2094.

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