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  1. 1. Pick the winner for PCI2010.

    • 1930-P USA Standing Liberty Quarter
    • 1812 Loge de l'ardente amitié de Rouen, France
    • Scottish Coronation Medal by Nicholas Briot
    • Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5

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Sylvester's 1930-P USA Standing Liberty Quarter




elverno's 1812 Loge de l'ardente amitié de Rouen, France


All Masonic medals from the Napoleonic era qualify as RR+. This one hails from the collection of Prince Victor Napoleon, sometimes known as Napoleon V to supporters. His collection came in part from Napoleon I's personal collection but there's no indication in this pieces' provenance as to when and where to came into his collection.


Marvin's book on Masonic medals describes it as follows:


"Obverse, On the left, an altar surrounded by a garland, and having on it three burning hearts. At the foot of the altar are the square, compasses, level, and plumb. Above, on the right, a radiant triangle. In exergue, ARDENTE AMITIE O.-. DE ROUEN. in two lines.

Reverse, A leafless tree, over which an ivy vine has grown. Legend, LA MORT MEME NE L'EN A PAS SEPARE. [Death itself has not separated them.] This is an octagonal jeton, and was probably struck about 1812. Silver. Size 20."

His sizes were in sixteenths of an inch.


Saor Alba's Scottish Coronation Medal by Nicholas Briot, handed out by King Charles I in 1633


A fascinating memento from Scottish and British history, this AR medal by Nicholas Briot was struck in 1633 to commemorate Charles I's very belated Scottish coronation that year. His coronation should have been much earlier, he ascended the throne in 1625, but he carelessly delayed said coronation until finally giving into demands that it be done in 1633. His introduction of Anglican liturgy into the coronation ceremony did little to endear him to his Scottish subjects, and things went decidedly sour thereafter. On his return trip to London his baggage including many crown jewels were lost in the Firth of Forth, just off of Burntisland. Subsequently alleged witches were brought to trial in London, on charges of causing the shipwreck. Things went down for Charles I from there on, both in Scotland and in England.


This lovely medal, with a lifelike portrait of the monarch, was commissioned to Nicholas Briot, a famous and skilled coiner. This medal was struck in a screw press, and is actually much better detailed as a result. One of these medals was struck piedfort in gold, which was presented to the King, he kept it as a pocket piece until his death in 1649. The silver examples like this one were thrown by the king to the crowds at the coronation ceremony.


Saor Alba's Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5


A bit of Anglish booty from south of Hadrian's wall, this Edward III nobel was minted ca. 1364-5 during the brief period of peace while a treaty betwixt the English and French were not slaughtering each other in France. This is reflected on this noble, as it bears Edward III's English and Irish titles, but not the French as were on the previous and subsequent coinages.


Whilst contemporary coinages of England and Europe were rather crude and unattractive, these nobles and their fractions were inspired by the gold coinages in Italy, notably Fiorenza(Florence) and England had to best them with this attractive and inspirational piece that would further inspire Scottish coinage during the time.

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A drumroll please!


The WINNER of PCI2010




CoinPeople's Official Most Beautiful Coin


Saor Alba's Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5

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Congratulations to Saor's Noble. A hearty thanks to all those who participated. This was a great PCI contest.

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Congrats Saor! A well deserved win and a stunning coin. :ninja:

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