Richard II (1377-1399), Hammered Gold Noble
Type IVA, 'Henry IV Style', Tower mint London, mint mark: Cross pattée
Obverse: King standing in ship, holding upright sword and quartered shield bearing the French and English arms, scallop on rudder, slipped trefoil below shield, ropes 3/1, ornaments 1-1-1-1, quatrefoils 4[?]/4, with Latin legend and beaded inner border surrounding: RIC | ARD x [DEIx Gx REXxx ANGL’x S x F xx DNS’x HIB’x Zx AQ/T’ double saltire stops.
Reverse: Large R at centre of ornamental floriated cross with lis terminals, crowned leopards in angles, all within a beaded and linear tressure, with fleurs in spandrels, Latin legend surrounding: +IhC’x AVTEmxx TRAnSIEnSxx PERxx mEDIV’x ILLORVmxx 'IBAT
Lockett 1331 same obverse die; Isladulcie -; Schneider I, 183-184 same obverse die; Webb-Ware 4a; Stewartby IVa2, III, 923, same obverse die; N.1304; Spink 1658.
7.03 grams, 33 mm in diameter.
A superb choice outstanding example of this very Rare issue, with a warm deep golden lustrous tone.
Has been graded and slabbed by NGC as MS 66 * Top of the Population/Finest Known Example.
NGC Certificatioin number: 2111103-001.
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