England (1544-47) 1/2 sovereign Fr-167
This specimen was lot 2277 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Half Sovereign, ND NGC AU50. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Third coinage (1544-1547). Southwark. Obverse, king facing, seated on throne holding orb and sceptre. Reverse, crowned shield of Tudor arms. Weakly struck in parts (as usual) but with a stunning portrait of the king and practically as made. NGC graded AU-50." Lobel notes that the sovereign was raised from twenty to twenty-two shillings in 1526. In 1544, the value was reduced to twenty shillings and the weight reduced from 240 grains to 200 grains. This specimen is a rare product of the Southwark mint.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 100 grains.
Catalog reference: S.2297; Fr-167.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.