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Edward the Black Prince Pavillon d'Or, La Rochelle

Edward the Black Prince, Prince of Aquitaine (1362-72), gold Pavillon D'or, La Rochelle Mint, first issue with cinquefoil at centre of reverse and lis in first quarter of reverse, standing figure of Black Prince with sword and pointing finger, four ostrich feathers around bending to right, all within Gothic portico, two lions at feet, legend with quatrefoil stops and beaded circles surrounding, ED'** PO** GIT** REG AnG** PnPS** AQT, chevron barred A's and V's with letter S's reversed on both sides, rev. cinquefoil in central compartment of ornate cross with acorn terminals within quatrefoil over cross quernee, large trefoils in spandrels, legend with double annulet stops and beaded circles surrounding, +DnS: AIVTO:+: PTECTO: mE:+: IIPO: SPAIT: COR: mEVm: R:, letter R for La Rochelle, 5.42g (cf.Schneider 48; Elias 151; AGC 157B/157A, dies 1/c; S.8123). With an excellent depiction of the Black Prince, fully round, slight crease on reverse otherwise good very fine and very rare.

The abbreviated Latin legend on the obverse should read fully "Edwardvs Primo Genitvs Regis Anglie Princeps Aqvitainie" and translates as "Edward, first born of the King of England, Prince of Aquitaine" and on the reverse "Dominus Adjutor Et Protector Meum Et In Ipso Speravit Cor Mevm" which translates as "The Lord is my strength and my shield, and my heart hath trusted him."

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