1893 text

A gold coin, so called because it bore the image of an angel, varying in value from six shillings and eightpence to ten shillings.

The angel coin was so called from the figure of the Archangel Michael in conflict with the dragon on the obverse. On the reverse was a representation of a ship with a large cross as a mast. The last angel coined was in Charles I.’s reign, and the value varied from 6s. 8d. to 10s.

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ANGEL a Gold Coin worth about 10s.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

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There is a discussion of the Angel coin in the annotations of 17 May 1661: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/05/17/

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