England (1493-95) sovereign Fr-149

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20048
Eng c1493 sovereign rev P176-20048.jpg

This specimen was lot 20048 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $58,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VII, 1485-1509. Sovereign, ND (1493-95). Type III. Dragon. Very Rare Type III Dragon Mark Sovereign Seated king, with smaller head, on throne with high back and ornamental style, holding orb and scepter. Rv. Royal shield within large Tudor rose. Another significant and distinct Sovereign type, only found in the most impressive cabinets. Very evenly worn with pleasing surfaces. Quite round with sharp legends. There is an edge ding at 11 o’clock, perhaps from a light, old mounting. Very Fine. Ex: Finn, 1995." The 240 grain standard was selected as double the rose noble of 120 grains and triple the gold angel of 80 grains.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 240 grains; this specimen 231.6 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2174; North-1691; Fr-149; Similar to Schneider 549.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Bruce Roland Hagen, Ponterio sale 176: The Thos. H. Law Collection of English Gold Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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