England (1502-04) sovereign Fr-149

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20049
Eng c1502 sovereign rev P176-20049.jpg

This specimen was lot 20049 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $223,250. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VII, 1485-1509. Sovereign, ND (1502-04). Type IV. Lis/Dragon. Exemplary Wide Throne Type IV Sovereign Seated king, with smaller head, on throne with high canopy and broad seat, holding orb and scepter. Rv. Royal shield within large Tudor rose. A third important Sovereign and a distinct type compared with the first two. An exceptional, museum caliber example. Bold and well struck even at the highest points of the centers with the strong, full legends contained nearly perfectly on a round flan. Lovely natural golden hue with russet toning in the legends. The reverse devices create a stunning first impression. Conceivably full Extremely Fine, but we note a very light crease, as made, which is seen more readily from the reverse. An exemplary piece with the appearance of a six-figure price tag--certainly considered numismatic royalty! Very Fine Plus. Ex: Glendining, 1989." 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 230.0 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2175; North-1692/1; Fr-149; Similar to Schneider 550.


  • 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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