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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 2268. Estimate $10000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LANCASTER. Henry VI. Restored, 1470-1471. AV Angel (5.15 g, 6h). London(?) mint. hEnRICVS (saltire) DEI (saltire) GRA' (saltire) REX AnGL' (saltire) Z (saltire) FRAnC, Archangel Michael slaying the Dragon / PER CR VCE' (trefoil) TVA' SALVA (trefoil) nOS XPC' REDEmTOR (trefoil), ship bearing shield and cross, h and lis flanking cross. Blunt & Whitton 4/10 = Allen dies G/n; Schneider 448 corr. (same dies, trefoil not saltire at first stop on reverse); North 1613; SCBC 2078. Good VF, toned. Very rare. ($10,000)

From the Andrew Wayne Collection. Ex Property of Mr. C.F. Noon, F.R.C.S. (Spink 165, 8 October 2003), lot 254; E.M. Norweb Collection (Spink 45, 13 June 1985), lot 206.

This coin belongs to the 'Lis group' of Henry VI's restored coinage, which has characteristics of a separate mint from London. While the standard issues of London are closely die-linked, these 'Lis' coins are not linked to any of those dies, but are themselves closely die-linked. Although this suggests a separate mint, it is also possible that they are a product of a separate officina or workshop of the London mint. It is also possible that these coins are struck at the York mint, whose output is otherwise lacking for this reign.