1363-1369 Edward III Hammered Gold Half Noble Treaty Period
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The King standing in a ship at sea holding a sword and a shield of royal arms. Legend (preceded by a saltire cross) reads: 'x EDWARD xx DEI xx G xx REX xx ANGL xx D xx HYB x Z x AQ/T'.
Cross with 'E' in the centre, its limbs terminating in lis, lions and crowns in the angles, enclosed within a treasure of arcs and a beaded circle. Legend: '+ DOMINE xx NE xx IN xx FVRORE xx TVO xx ARGVAS xx ME'.
Hammered gold coin. Weight: 3.68 grams. Diameter: (approx.) 26.8 millimetres).
GVF - Good flan with minor crack at 3 o'clock, clear and strong details: Very Fine slightly better in areas
What is the treaty period in Edward III coins?
The first phase of the Hundred Years War ended with the Treaty of Brétigny which was ratified in 1360 at banquet attended by English King, Edward III and his prisoner, King John II of France. Under the terms of the Treaty, Edward made massive territorial gains on the continent but was obliged to renounce his claims to the French throne. The change in title is reflected on Edwards’ coinage and this allows us to divide the King’s fourth and final coinage into four distinct periods: first, the pre-treaty period (1351-1361), then a transitional period (1361) followed by the treaty period (1361-1369) and the post-treaty period (1369-1377). In 1369, John’s son, King Charles V of France declared war again, the conflict rumbled on and Edward reverted back to using his French titles for the remainder of his reign.
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