During his second reign, which spanned from April 1471 until his death in 1483, Edward IV oversaw the production of the remarkable gold angel at the Tower Mint in London. The obverse of the coin features an image of St Michael, who is defeating a dragon with his lance. A beaded border encircles the image, whilst both sides display a distinctive heraldic cinquefoil privy mark, only struck between 1480 and 1483. The abbreviated Latin inscription on the obverse of the coin translates to ‘EDWARD, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, KING OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE’.
On the reverse, a legend reads ‘BY THY CROSS, SAVE US, O CHRIST, OUR REDEEMER’, a passage that derives from the Bible. Accompanying the text is an image of a sailing ship to the right, which bears a quartered shield on its hull with a cross above; to the left is the letter 'E' and to the right is a rose.
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