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CG04711

Richard II Groat, type II, very rare

Richard II (1377-99), silver Groat of Fourpence, type II, facing crowned bust within double tressure of nine arcs, fleur on each cusp, beaded circles and legend surrounding, saltire stops, +RICARD'x DIxx GRAxx REXx AnGLxZz FRAnCretrograde Z, rev. long cross pattee, tri-pellets in each inner angle, beaded circles and double concentric legends surrounding, CIVI TAS LON DON, inner legend with reversed Ns, +POSVI DEVmxx A DIVTOR Emxx mEV, contraction mark over last letter, weight 4.41g (N.1320b; S.1679). Toned, a little uneven in shape, a decent example of this very rare issue, good fine to almost very fine.

The Latin abbreviated legend translates as "Richard, by the grace of God, King of England and France" and on the reverse "I have made God our helper," a Psalm from the Bible.

Provenance:

Ex Studio Coins March 2001, therefore first time offered for sale in over 15 years.

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