England (1526-29) 1/2 crown Fr-165
This specimen was lot 20061 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $4,406. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Half Crown, ND (1526-29). Rose. Crowned Tudor rose flanked by small initials ‘H’ and ‘K’ (Henry and Katherine of Aragon). Rv. Crowned shield, but without initials. A charming fractional type in strong grade. Lustrous with virtually complete legends all around. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Spink, 1983." 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. The gold crown (five shillings) and half crown (two shillings sixpence) were introduced but were found to be more practical when struck in silver.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 30 grains; this specimen 27.7 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2285; North-1794; Fr-165.
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- 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.
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