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Lot 30113


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Type Coin
Title Lot 30113
Date (1480-83)
Country Great Britain
Service Catalog # 754006
Denomination Angel
Description Edward IV (second reign, 1471-83) gold Angel ND, S-2091, North-1626, MS64 NGC. "E" and rose by ship's mast (cross), London mint, Heraldic Cinquefoil mm (Type XXI: used early 1480 to February 12, 1483), made of 23ct gold, with a face value of 6 shillings and 8 pence. Struck on a broad flan, with generally sharp details, especially on Saint Michael and most of the ship. The legends are nearly complete, and slightly short of flan only at the bottom right of the obverse: overall, a beautiful example. This exceptionally well-preserved coin was made on the eve of one of the most dramatic events in all of English history, the brief "rule" of King Edward V (12 years old) upon the death of his father, Edward IV, on April 9, 1483, and his perilous fall at the hands of his uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who imprisoned both Edward and his younger brother in the Tower of London, from which they never emerged. Intrigue and subterfuge soon gave way to open warfare, and Richard III was famously defeated and killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, on August 22, 1485. The Wars of the Roses had finally ended, and the Tudor Age began. An historic coin! Realized $7,637.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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