England (1549-50) 1/2 sovereign Fr-181

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20077
Eng c1549 half sovereign rev P176-20077.jpg

This specimen was lot 20077 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward VI, 1547-1553. Half Sovereign, ND (1549-50). Arrow. Tower Mint. Crowned bust right. Rv. Crowned garnished shield, ‘E R’ flanking. Bright surfaces show evidence of wiping and tooling. Nice and round. Very Fine Details. Ex: Mark Teller, 1983." This half sovereign was tariffed at ten shillings.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 90 grains; this specimen 82.3 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2438; North-1911; Fr-181.


  • 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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