English coin Quarter Florin or Helm
The Quarter Florin
was an attempt by English
king Edward III
to produce a gold coinage suitable for use in Europe as well as in England (see also Florin or Double Leopard
and Half Florin or Leopard
). The quarter florin, based on contemporary European gold coins had a value of one shilling and sixpence
. Unfortunately the gold used to strike the coins was overvalued, resulting in the coins being unacceptable to the public, and the coins were withdrawn after only a few months in circulation, in August 1344
, to be melted down to produce the more popular gold Noble
The obverse of the coin shows the royal helmet surmounted by a lion and cap; the legend is EDWR R ANGL Z FRANC D HIB (Edward King of England and France Lord of Ireland).
The reverse of the coin shows a floriated cross with a quatrefoil in the centre; the legend is EXALTABITUR IN GLORIA (He shall be exalted in glory).