Edward III gold nobles by Unknown Artist

The three nobles of Edward III were the first gold coins produced in any quantity and generally circulated, reflecting a growing economy.


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.

Venue details

Epping Forest District Museum 39-41 Sun Street, WALTHAM ABBEY Essex EN9 1EL 01992 716 882 www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

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