Edward III Quarter Noble obvEdward III Quarter Noble rev

Kingdom of England, Edward III, 1327-1377, AV Quarter Noble, 4th coinage, Treaty Period (1363-9), Calais mint.
After the Death of Charles IV of France in 1328, Edward claimed the crown as closest male heir as Charles's nephew, but French jurists claimed the crown could not descend through the female line and crowned Philip VI instead. In 1337 Edward refused to pay homage to Philip for the Duchy of Aquitaine, and Philip confiscated the English lands in Gascony in retaliation, thus starting the Hundred Year's War. From 1340 to 1360 Edward claimed the title King of France, but relinquished it at the Treaty of Brétigny in exchange for substantial lands. In 1369 the French broke the treaty, and Edward resumed the use of the title, which his successors retained.
This coins was issued in the treaty period, and, therefore, does not retain the French titles, but still retains the blazon of France Ancient is the first and fourth quarters of the royal shield.
Calais was considered part of the realm of England and issued coins to the English standard, not the French. The only mark to distinguish this from coins struck at the Tower of London is the small annulet in the centre of the reverse. Calais remained in English hands until 1558.
Photos © Angela Grant 2004-2019.


About us

The Oxford University Numismatic Society (OUNS for short), also known as The Phoenix Society since its reformation, is a student society within the University of Oxford, and is dedicated to the promotion of the study of numismatics (coins, tokens, medals, banknotes) and paranumismatica (tickets, checks, coin-like objects, items made with and for coins). Numismatics is an important part of the academic study of History, Classics, and Archaeology, and we are proud to bring together students, academics, and other interested parties in our meetings.

The Numismatic Society is for both those studying and working with, or collecting, coins and also those who have a general interest in the field. The Society's aim is to encourage interest, and to provide a forum for debate and research in the study of coinage from antiquity through to the present day. Each year the Society invites speakers from a wide range of academic institutions, and also collectors and students, to address it on a variety of topics.

We usually hold four meetings during each of the three university terms including speaker events, socials, and dinners. We have close ties with the faculties of Classics and Archaeology within the University, as well as the staff of the Heberden Coin Room of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. We are formally affiliated to both the University of Oxford and the British Association of Numismatic Societies (BANS).

The Society may be of particular interest to those reading:
History, including Ancient and Modern History (AMH), History of Art, and joint schools,
Archaeology and Anthropology (Arch and Anth),
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH).

All graduates, undergraduates, faculty members, and those from outside the university entirely, whatever your subject, are warmly encouraged to join. Membership is free of charge to all current students, provided they register with the Secretary. Subscription for all others is £12 a year, and for visitors we ask a contribution of £2 per meeting.


The Committee

The committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the society, organising its events and publicity.

Annee Lyons (Somerville)
annee.lyons [at] some.ox.ac.uk
Vice Presidents:
Judith McKenzie (Archaeology / St. Hugh's)
Angela Grant (Jesus alumna)
Daniel Etches (New)
daniel.etches [at] new.ox.ac.uk
Treasurer and IT Officer/Webmaster:
Joshua Wrigley (Lincoln)
joshua.wrigley [at] lincoln.ox.ac.uk
Committee Member:
Paula Gaither (Christ Church)
paula.gaither [at] chch.ox.ac.uk
Senior Member:
Shailendra Bhandare (Ashmolean Museum / St. Cross)
shailendra.bhandare [at] ashmus.ox.ac.uk

We are always on the look-out for new committee members.
If you feel you can contribute to the Society please contact our Secretary.

A pdf copy of the Constitution under which this Committee has been elected is available here.


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