England (1513-26) 1/2 angel Fr-156

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20056
Eng c1513 half angel rev P176-20056.jpg

This specimen was lot 20056 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $3,672. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Half Angel, ND (1513-26). Portcullis Crowned with Chains. St. Michael spearing dragon. Legend HENRC VIII. Rv. Ship with shield at center. A First Coinage Half Angel accompanied by its Seaby purchase tag. Well-made overall, though some minor softness is noted on some of the high points. A lovely type coin. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Seaby, 1982." Angels and half angels continued to be struck into the reign of Henry VIII but were raised in value in 1526, the half angel going from three shillings sixpence to three shilling nine pence.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 40 grains; this specimen 38.9 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2266; North-1761; Fr-156.


  • 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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