Henry VI (restored, 1470-1471), Fine Gold Angel of six shillings and eight pence
Obverse: St Michael slaying dragon right, with Latin legend and beaded border surrounding: no initial mark either side, hENRICVS♣DEI♣GRA♣REX ANGL♣Z♣FRANC
Reverse: ship sailing right with bowsprit that intrudes wording, quartered shield on hull, “h” and lis close to mast above, with Latin legend surrounding: PER CR VCE’ TVA’ SALVA♣ NOS XPC’REDEMTOR♣
4.99grams, 29 mm in diameter.
(Schneider 448; N 1613; S 2078).
Lightly toned with a very slight perforation flaw in legend only, some weakness on face as usual for the type, very fine and very rare.
Ex. A H Baldwins Auction 68, London, 28th September 2010, (Lot 3575), where it sold for £8,800 (excluding the buyers premium and VAT).
Ex. H A Parsons collection, Glendinings, 11th May 1954, (Lot 21).
*The style and workmanship of this coin falls into the “Lis Group” identified by Webb-Ware in his 1985 work on the die varieties of the series. The style differs from the regular coins of the Tower Mint and could be from another London workshop, or more likely a branch mint in York. Other examples of this style carry a lis on the reverse die, a mark associated with the York Mint in Henry’s first reign (1422-1461). This is an example of the Angel without a lis mark and is struck from the same reverse die as Schneider 448.
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