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I know some folks think that gold coins don't really earn the high marks they receive and that a lot of votes come just because they're gold. Well this beauty would score in any metal.


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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The owner of said coin waited almost 20 years to find the "right" coin that was free of crimping, clipping and wear. Clipping is one of the biggest issues with Plantagenet era gold - lots of pieces are lightweight and missing a portion if not all the legend as a result.

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