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Henry VI Salut d'Or, Dijon Mint, mm vernicle

Henry VI, King of France (1422-53), gold Salut D'or, Dijon Mint, initial mark vernicle both sides (1423-36), Virgin Mary and Angel stand behind shields of France and England, sunburst above, AVE on scroll upwards between, abbreviated Latin legend with double saltire stops, hEnRICVSxx DEIxx GRAxx FRACORVxx Zxx AGLExx REX, star below X on inner border, rev. Latin cross with h below, lis to left, lion to right within tressure of ten arcs, lis on cusps, legend with mullet stops surrounding, abbreviate Latin legend with Roman lettering and mullet stops, XPC* VINCIT* XPC* REGIIAT* XPC* IIIPERAT, star under first X, 3.48g (AGC 383E dies 1/a; Schneider 105; Elias 268e; S.8164). Toned, small hairline scratch to upper left of cross on reverse, other small scratch on Angel and circular one by head, weak in parts of rim, otherwise a bold very fine to good very fine and a rare die variety for a scarce Mint.

The Mint mark vernicle is a depiction of the face of Christ allegedly burned into the handkerchief of St Veronica. The Latins legends translate as on obverse "Henry by the Grace of God King of France and England" and on reverse "Christ reigns, Christ conquers, Christ commands."

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