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Gold Angel Coins

The Gold Angel of Philip VI of France (1341) is the first gold coin to portray St. Michael slaying the dragon (see the medieval section.) There is no evidence that this coin was used in any sort of healing ceremony.

But the tradition of King as Healer of Scrofula (tuberculosis) through the laying on of hands and the provision of a talisman, goes back at least to Robert II of the Franks(996-1017). In England, Edward the Confessor was thought to have received the power directly from Saint Remigius.

The English Gold Angel first made its appearance in 1470 (Henry VI) and the legend on the reverse "Per Crucem Tua Salsva Nos Christie Redemptor" suggests that may have been intended as a healing piece from the first. It also was a piece intended to depict the King as divinely elected and divinely inspired.

From 1633 the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church contained a ceremony for this, wherein the King or Queen would present the touched person with a gold Angel coin. From the reign of Charless II onwards Angels were struck soley for ceremonial use.

The last English ceremony was performed by Anne on 30 march 1712. George I discontinued the practice as "too catholic," but Silver touch pieces were used in France by the pretenders James II and James III, and then in Italy by Charles III and Henry IX .

Stylistically these coin designs provide a wonderful illustration of the progression of imagery from medieval to early modern times.


Kings of England Henry VI restored (1470-71) Angel (4.98g) London. MM restoration cross obv only. St. Michael standing on a dragon which he pierces with a spear Henricus Di Gra Rex angl Z Franc/ Ship bearing shield and cross H and Lis Per Crucse Tua Salva Nos Xpc Redetor. North 1613, Seaby 2078. Provenance Samuel King Collection. Very Rare.
Nice, well struck VF........sold

Kings of England Edward IV,

second reign (1471-83), Angel, 5.15g., type XIV, London, St. Michael slaying the dragon, saltire at end of legend, rev. ship bearing shield and cross, E and rose at sides, reads no xpc redemtor, trefoil stops, m.m. annulet on obverse only ; N.1626; S.2091

Beautifully struck piece,

PCGS Graded MS 62...................$6750

Wilhelm von Bronckhorst, 1556-1573.


Angelot d´or 1561. (5,05 g.) St. Michael killing the dragon//ship bearing shield See. Delm. 690; Fb. 9. (In the style of English Queen Mary) Extremely Rare - missing from most major angel collections. Very well struck angel and dragon

Good VF (obverse better)...........sold

Anne (1702-1714)

Touch Piece, Gold, by J. Croker, The Prince, rev. St. Michael, 3.07g/12h (Woolf O5 R3). Pierced for use, as made.

Rare condition for this rare touch piece.

Near EF ...........................$2500

STUART. James II. In exile, 1688-1701.

AR Touch Piece Medalet (19.5mm, 1.55 g, 1h). Paris mint. Dies by N. Roettiers. Struck after 1695. IAC · II · D · G · M · B · F · ET · H · REX ·, The Prince, viewed from astern, under sail right / SOLI · DEO · GLORIA ·, Archangel Michael slaying the Dragon. Woolf, Sovereign 47 (dies O1/R1); MI 611/20.

Exceedingly Rare piece - only a few examples known, and a miniature masterpiece of engraving by Nicolas Roettier.Holed for suspension, as made

Choice EF. ......................$3000

James III (son of James II 1688-1766),

Italian-made pierced Silver Touchpiece, 3.11g, three masted ship in full sail left,, rev St Michael and dragon, soli.deo gloria (MIii316/140; Woolf 3/4; Noon 326) Provenance DNW.
Extremeleyt Rare, esp in this condition


Near EF...............................$1800

Henry IX (2nd son of James III)

1725-1807, Pierced silver touchpiece, (3.23g.) Struck in Italy by giocchimo Or Giovanni Hamerani - three masted ship in full sail right, h.ix.d.g.m.b. f:et h.r.c.ep.tvsc. finely executed, toothed border both sides, rev.struck en medaille, St. Michael killing dragon left, soli.deo gloria. (Woolf 74:1), ex DNW.
Extremely Rare, esp in this condition

GOOD EF..............sold

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