Sunday, December 30, 2007

Coins of the Plantagenet Realm

Edward III's gold noble

Edward's noble was the first gold coin to be produced in any quantity in England. The coin was a great success, and thousands were minted, giving numismatists today about 20 different varieties from which to choose. Smaller gold denominations--the half noble and quarter noble--completed the monetary reform. The gold noble was to be the standard English denomination for the next 150 years. The example shown is a quarter noble, value three shillings, 4 pence, wt. 34.5 grains. Treaty Period (1363-1369), London Mint. The obverse features Edward's royal shield [The American Numismatic Association].

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