Prince in the Tower coin comes to auction

Your chance to bid on a coin dating from the reign of the shorted-lived English male monarch

Everyone has an opinion on whodunit when it comes to one of Britain's biggest historic mysteries, the Princes in the Tower. Whether it was Richard III, with his motive to secure the throne, or a viciously ambitious Henry Tudor, the speculation surrounding the disappearance of the deposed Edward V of England and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury is enormous. 

Edward V was king for just 86 days following the death of his father, Edward IV, in 1483. Standing as the shortest-lived male monarch in British history, it is widely rumored that Edward and his brother Richard were murdered by their guardian and uncle, Richard III, in the summer of 1483 in order to secure his place on the throne. 

Image: Dix Noonan Webb

This intricate gold coin was discovered by metal detectorist Brian Biddle when he was searching a Dorset field, and depicts an image of the Archangel Saint Michael slaying a dragon. This rare coin, nicknamed 'The Angel', was minted during the reign of 12-year-old Edward, who was one of four British monarchs to have never been crowned. 

This extraordinary token with a link to one of history's greatest mysteries, goes on sale at Dix Noonan Webb's Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals sale on 15th–16th March, with an estimate of £15,000-£20,000. The discovery and identification of Richard III's body beneath a Leicester car park has reignited interest in the tumultuous period of history and, as such, the sale of this rare piece is expected to attract a lot of attention. It could well spark fresh interest in this bloody War of the Roses mystery. 

Dix Noonan Webb Coins, Tokens and Historic Medals sale, 15th-16th March. 16 Bolton Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8BQ. 020 7016 1700; dnw.co.uk

Words: Rebekah Dixon

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