England (1541-42) sovereign Fr-157
This specimen was lot 20058 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $99,875. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Sovereign, ND (1541-42). Lis/Arrow. Impressive Henry VIII Second Coinage Sovereign Seated king holding orb and scepter; portcullis at base of feet. Rv. Double tressure. A superb type that has the all the eye appeal you would desire from this famous (or infamous!) monarch. Sovereigns such as this would be struck with extreme care to be used as royal favors and this clearly fits that model. Impressive and superb state of preservation. Exceptionally round and beautifully struck, with deeply impressed lettering and strong centers. Fabulous details of Henry VIII at the center obverse and on the reverse arms. Considered “FDC” by Mr. Law, but a more conservative approach seems to be in order. No matter what, this coin is among the finest to be encountered and would be a centerpiece for any collection of world or British gold. Minor repair on robe. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Lubbock, 1984. Ex: Spink London, Sale 32 November-December 1983, lot 295, where it realized 10,100 Pounds. Earlier Ex BT Corbitt & Hunter (Newcastle, 1961)." Lobel notes that the sovereign was raised from twenty to twenty-two shillings in 1526.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 240 grains; this specimen 238.1 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2267; North-1782; Fr-157.
- 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.
- 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.