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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1672. Estimate $5000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-GALLIC. Edward the Black Prince. 1362-1372. AV Hardi d'Or (3.99 gm). La Rochelle mint. +ED• PO• GnS• REGIS• AnGLI• PnS• AQITA, half-length bust of Edward facing, wearing fillet of roses and holding sword / +AVXLLIVM• MEVM• A• DOMInO• R, cross quernée (cross with oak leaves); lis and lions in angles, all within tressure. Elias 164. Near EF. Scarce. ($5000)

The hardi d'or was introduced in 1368, as Edward prepared to defend his principality against renewed French attacks. More than any of his other gold coins, the hardi gives prominence to the sword by which the Black Prince had acquired his reputation as one of the greatest of medieval warrior princes. The militant reverse legend-"My Aid Comes from the Lord" is encountered in numerous variations, as money was coined at the Aquitaine mints to support the war against the French.