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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 2322. Estimate $5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $6400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-GALLIC. Edward the Black Prince. 1362-1372. AV Hardi d'or (3.94 g, 1h). Bordeaux mint. Struck 1368. + ED (rosette) PO (rosette) GnS (rosette) REGIS (rosette) AnGLIE (rosette) PNS (rosette) AQITAnIE, half-length bust of Edward facing, wearing fillet and holding sword, within tressure / + : AVXLIVm (rosette) mEVm (rosette) A (rosette) DOmInO (rosette) B :, cross quernée (cross with oak leaves); lis and lions in angles, all within tressure. Elias 161; Poey d'Avant 2938. Good VF, sharp strike, slightly wavy flan. ($5000)

The hardi d'or was introduced in 1368, as Edward prepared to defend his principality against renewed French attacks. More than any of his other gold pieces, this coin gives prominence to the sword by which the Black Prince had acquired his reputation as one of the greatest of medieval warrior princes. The militant reverse legend - "My Strength Comes from the Lord" is encountered in numerous variations, as money was coined at the Aquitaine mints to support the war against the French.