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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2454. Estimate $15000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $10000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Edward I. 1272-1307. AR Groat (3.69 gm). EDWARDVS: DI: GRA: REX: AnGL', crowned bust facing within quatrilobe with florette at angles; florette at either side of head / EDV X AQVT :DEI' S hBIn', IAC-IVI LON-DON, long cross; three pellets in each angle. North 1006 (var. f); H.B. E. and S. Fox, "Numismatic History of the Reigns of Edward I, II and III," BNJ 7 (1910), 1 & 2; Seaby 1379. Near EF. Very rare. [See color plate 20] ($15,000)

Reportedly found in 1990 by a farmer searching a field in Sprowston, Norwich. The farmer had previously found two other groats of Edward I which were sold in a Christie's auction in February 1989.

This specimen of this very rare first issue of English groats is exceptional not only for its wondeful state of preservation, but also because it has never been mounted or gilded as is almost always the case with this issue.