The three nobles of Edward III were the first gold coins produced in any quantity and generally circulated, reflecting a growing economy.
Edward III gold nobles by Unknown Artist, 13561377
© Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum
- Each diameter: 3.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,250 ( Total: £3,500)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
One coin is of a pre-Treaty period issue (1356-1360), one is a Treaty period issue (1361-69), both minted at London and one is a rare post-Treaty period coin from the Calais mint. The Treaty of Bretigny was signed in 1360 and granted Edward III sovereignty over Calais and Aquitaine; in return he renounced his claim to the French throne.
Discovered in Abridge, Epping Forest district by a metal detector user and declared Treasure in 2005.
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