Angel of Edward IV


The Angel

The angel (or angelot) was first introduced by Edward IV in 1465 and lasted to the reign of Charles I.

The obverse shows St Micheal slaying a dragon (the devil). On the reverse is a ship.

It varied in value from 6 shillings and 8 pence to 11 shillings.

It was a popular coin to be used as a touch piece where it was worn around the neck to ward off scrofula (a type of tuberculosis). This condition was also called the King's Evil and was also thought to be cured in medieval times by the touch of a king.




                                          Angel of Henry VIII