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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1245

PLANTAGENET. Edward I. 1272-1307. AR Groat (29mm, 5.79 g, 6h). New coinage, variety f.2. London (Tower) mint. Struck circa 1279.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1245.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

British, Silver

Sold For $ 15 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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PLANTAGENET. Edward I. 1272-1307. AR Groat (29mm, 5.79 g, 6h). New coinage, variety f.2. London (Tower) mint. Struck circa 1279. + ЄDVVARDVS : D’I : GRA’: RЄX : AnGL’ (triple pellet stops), crowned facing bust within double (plain and beaded) quadrilobe, cinquefoils flanking; flowers in spandrels / : DN’S hBIn’ Є DVX AQVT’/ LOn DOn IA C IVI, long cross pattée; trefoils in quarters. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 269; SCBI 39 (North), 15; North 1003; SCBC 1379F. Free of the gilding or traces of mounting so often encountered. Some minor metal flaws. Lightly toned. Good VF. Very rare.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins, purchased from Charles H. Wolfe, III, 2002. Ex Triton V (15 January 2002), lot 2454; Spink Numismatic Circular XCIX.1 (February 1991), no. 166 (noted as “a superb specimen, £7500”).

In 1279 Edward I undertook a major recoinage that ‘set the pattern for English silver coinage for the next two centuries until nearly the end of the reign of Henry VII.’ The Penny was redesigned and the Halfpenny and Farthing were introduced. A heavy Groat of fourpence, weighing 90 grains, was the most novel and short lived feature of the new coinage. ‘Its introduction was probably suggested by one or other of the foreign moneyers in charge of the recoinage... since they would have been accustomed to such denominations. The beautiful lettering points to a French or Italian model.’ Greirson, p.118-19

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.