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Gold Angel Coins

The gold Angel coin was introduced in 1465 and remained in production until 1642. A high value coin, it ranged from six shillings and 8 pence, to eleven shillings in later years. The name was derived from the design of archangel Michael slaying a dragon. The gold Angel coin would later be replaced by the Guinea.

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The first gold Angel coin was minted in 1465 under the reign of Edward IV and was patterned after the French angelot coin. Weighing approximately five grams the coins value varied under numerous monarchs over the years. It’s final iteration under James I saw it decreased in value to ten shillings and weighing about 4.5 grams.