||Henry VI (1st Reign, 1422-61) gold Noble ND, S-1803, North-1415 (scarce), AU Details (Mount Removed) NGC. Annulet Issue (struck 1422-30), Calais mint with flag at stern of ship but "h" at center of reverse, made of 23ct gold. A charming, old-time piece, this coin has a somewhat wavy but fairly broad flan and almost full outer details on the legends. The designs are sharply detailed with only small areas not well struck, and the color is a lovely blend of golden amber shades. The Calais mint in France was a place of contention for many years, through various reigns. In the 1420s it was especially so, having been famously taken by this king's father, Henry V, from the French king by treaty following the Battle of Agincourt of 1415. This mint was reopened in 1424 and produced a large number of gold coins during the first few years, apparently for use in European trade. An excellent noble and a classic of its time.
Realized $5,287.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.