Coin ID: 80151103
GREAT BRITAIN. England. Edward III. (King, 1327-1377) 7.71gm. King standing on ship, holding sword and shield / Closed ‘E’ at center of cross; alternating crowns within eight arches. Fr-89; S-1486; North-1144. Series C. Cross 1. Lombardic "M" in legends. Lustrous and very attractive. Misattributed as S-1490 by PCGS (Cross #3).
Edward III (13 November 1312 – 21 June 1377) was King of England from 25 January 1327 until his death; he is noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority after the disastrous and unorthodox reign of his father, Edward II. Edward III transformed the Kingdom of England into one of the most formidable military powers in Europe. His long reign of 50 years was the second longest in medieval England and saw vital developments in legislation and government—in particular the evolution of the English parliament—as well as the ravages of the Black Death.
English Noble gold coins minted during the era of King Edward III are historically important, attractive, intricately designed, and modestly priced in contrast to rare gold coins of later centuries, especially in comparison to 18th-century U.S. gold coins. Edward III was King of England from 1327 to 1377.
The regime of Edward III was the first to produce substantial gold coins struck in England or in any other part of the British Isles. Edward III Nobles were produced in quantities suitable for banking, savings, and large transactions.
GC has reported only 40 Quarter-Nobles in existence, and certainly, less than two thirds of these are Edward III Quarter-Nobles, including this gorgeous NGC.