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, 5.07g. (S.2091; N.1626; Schneider 465). Extremely fine, encapsulated by NGC, graded as Mint State 62.
A very impressive specimen, in many ways a well balanced execution of the second reign Angel. The mintmarks and legends pleasing, the Angel and dragon again all consistent and well depicted, a few areas of the reverse seemingly the result of blocked dies. Especially satisfying in that it lacks any surface markings or die striations, given the softness of the 23 carat Gold. A textbook example of extremely fine, lustrous underlying mint brilliance in the tone punctuated by shades of tan and orange.
A lesser graded MS61 example sold at auction in 2011 for £11,780 inclusive of premium.