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BM01153

Henry VI Half-Noble, London mint

Henry VI first reign (1422-61), gold Half-Noble, Tower Mint, Annulet Issue (c.1422-30), King standing in ship holding sword and shield, three whole lis in upper left quarter, ship rigging with two ropes to left, and one rope to right, 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 pierced fleur de lis, annulet stops in abbreviated Latin legend +DomInE* nEo FVROREo TVOo ARGVASo mEo weight 3.50g (cf.Schneider 292; N.1417; S.1805). Toned, struck a little short of flan, but of full weight, a bold very fine.

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

With an old hand-written ticket from Baldwin priced at £2/5/-.

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