This Tudor gold coin was found by archaeologists on the site of the hospital of St Mary Spital in Spitalfields. It is called an ‘angel’ coin because the archangel St Michael is shown on one side. The King gave out gold coins like this during a special ceremony where he touched people who were suffering from scrofula. Scrofula is a disease which causes swellings and sores on people’s necks. People believed the king’s touch and the coins were a cure for the disease.