England (1544-47) sovereign Fr-166

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20062
Eng c1544 sovereign rev P176-20062.jpg

This specimen was lot 20062 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $22,325. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Sovereign, ND (1544-47). S/S. Southwark. Rare Third Coinage Southwark Sovereign Seated king holding orb and scepter, different styling from the second coinage, Tudor rose at base of feet. Rv. Crowned shield supported by lion and rampant dragon. A significant type that was debased to 20 carats at a much lesser weight. An attractive rarity that is evenly worn and problem-free, though an old, light cleaning is noted with some resulting fine hairlines seen with a glass. The coin has retoned since then and is quite handsome. Henry VIII Sovereigns are not often offered in American auction sales, making this a fine opportunity. About Very Fine. Ex: Sotheby’s, 1981." Lobel[2] 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, 200 grains; this specimen 189.8 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2291; North-1825; Fr-166.


  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [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.
  • [2]Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.

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