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Henry VI Half-Noble London Mint Annulet Issue

Henry VI, first reign (1422-61),gold Half Noble of three shillings and four pence, Tower Mint, Annulet Issue (c.1422-30), King standing in ship with upright sword and quartered shield, annulet by sword arm, lis after King's name, small trefoils stops in abbreviated Latin legend h EnRIC+ DI:. GRA':. REX:. AnGL':. Z:. FRAnC':., rev. h at centre, ornate cross with lis terminals, crown over lion in angles, all within beaded and linear tressure of eight arcs, annulet in upper right spandrel, large fleurs in other spandrels, initial mark fleur de lis, annulet stops in abbreviated Latin legend, +DomInE* nEo Ino FVROREo AVOo ARGVASo mE, weight 3.45g (Schneider 293; N.1417; S.1805).Toned, rim a little crimped and possibly once mounted, some scuffs and weakness in parts, surface marks, one short rim split into legend, with a decent face, very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Henry by the Grace of God, King of England and France"; and on the reverse "O Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger" a Psalm taken from the Bible.

The annulet issue gold was the largest output of the period with some £386,000 worth of gold struck in London alone as well as over £60,000 more from the Mint of Calais.

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