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Lot 30112

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30112
Date (1470-71)
Country Great Britain
Service Catalog # 766749
Denomination Angel
Description Henry VI (restored, 1470-71) gold Angel ND, S-2078, North-1613 (rare), MS61 NGC. London mint, made of 23ct gold, with a nominal value at issue of 6 shillings and 8 pence. This type is immediately distinctive because of a cross in the nimbus above the angel's head as well as the appearance of the letter "h" to left and a Lis to right of the cross above the royal shield at the ship's center on the reverse. Stops in the legends are trefoils, and here there are three above Saint Michael's haloed head, serving to separate the beginning of the Latin titles from their end. The legend is fully readable and rimmed by a raised line extending about halfway. The dragon is crudely engraved, but Saint Michael is finely feathered and his spear seems sharply pointed indeed. On the reverse, the ship is also sharply struck up, as are all letters in the legend, and again about half of the raised rim shows. The mintmark at the beginning of the legend on this side is a Restoration (or "pierced") Cross, curving inward at each of four ends and having an open center. Overall this is a very choice example, unusually sharp in strike on an essentially full flan, with exceptional surfaces. Minted between October 3, 1470, and April 11, 1471, this was the largest gold coin issued during the return of Henry VI, exactly in the midst of the 30-year (1455-85) Wars of the Roses, as the Plantagenets sought control of the throne, leading ultimately to the rise of the Tudors. Seldom seen and rarely so fine. Ex: ?Colonel? E.H.R. Green; Green Estate? Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson. Realized $22,325.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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