Edward IV, second reign (1471-1483), Gold Angel of Six shillings and eight pence, mintmark Pierced Cross & Pellet (c.1477-80), archangel Michael slaying the dragon, legend surrounds EDWΛRD DEI GRΛ REX ΛNGL Z FRΛNC. Rev, ship bearing shield, cross above, E and rose at sides, reads PER CRVCEM TVΛ SΛLVA NOS XPC REDEMPT, 5.13g (S.2091; N.1626; Schneider 465). As struck, the usual weakness on face, encapsulated and graded by NGC as MS63.
An imposing example with a lustrous amber yellow even tone, legends clear on both sides. The cross hatching on archangel Michael noticeably consistent and precise with a bold inner liner circle. The reverse equally impressive, showing of all the motifs of the ship and quartered coat of arms, the striations of the waves in relief, a small carbon spot at 1 o’clock. Scoring mint state 63, a considerably high mark especially for hammered Gold. A superb well centred strike on a full flan. Rare so well preserved,.
Another MS63 example sold at auction in August 2018 for £15,069 inclusive of commission.