England (1507-09) angel

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 12122
Great Britain c1507 angel rev Ponterio 169-12122.jpg
Ponterio sale 176, lot 20052
Eng c1504 angel rev P176-20052.jpg

The first specimen was lot 12122 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Angel, ND (ca. 1507-09). PCGS EF-40 Secure Holder. Henry VII (1485-1509). Downward pheon mintmarks. New type, angel has both feet on dragon. From the Ronald Lyle Collection." The second specimen was lot 20052 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $11,162. The catalog description[2] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VII, 1485-1509. Angel, ND (1504-09). Type V. Pheon. Boldly Struck Near Mint State Angel St. Michael spearing dragon, both feet on dragon. Two saltires at top of obverse legend. Rv. Ship with shield at center. A splendid Angel from this ruler and a perfect candidate for a type set of this denomination by monarch. Fully lustrous and frosty, and virtually as made with exceptional surfaces. The flan is just slightly irregular on the perimeter but a bold impression is rendered by a full strike at both centers; the facial details are extraordinary. Premium quality. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Spink, 1985 (private purchase at the ANA)." It is not, strictly speaking, correct to refer to Great Britain until the reign of James I, who united England and Scotland.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 80 grains; this specimen 79.1 grains.

Catalog reference: Fr-151; S-2187; North-1698; Woodhead-544.


  • 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, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • [2]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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