England (1549-50) sovereign Fr-180

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20073
Eng c1549 sovereign rev P176-20073.jpg

This specimen was lot 20073 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $49,938. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward VI, 1547-1553. Sovereign, ND (1549-50). Y. Southwark. Very Rare Edward VI Southwark Sovereign Boy king on throne holding sword and orb. Rv. Crowned shield supported by lion and rampant dragon, ‘ER’ initials in cartouche. A very sharp Second Coinage example. An old collector’s tag is included, which elucidates multiple pedigrees. Well-centered with bright surfaces, and beautifully detailed with strong facial features. The legends are complete on the round, nearly perfect planchet with only a tiny as made nick at 9 o’clock. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Spink, 1993 (private purchase at the ANA)." This sovereign was tariffed at twenty shillings. This specimen is a product of the Southwark mint.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 180 grains; this specimen 168.4 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2433; North-1906; Fr-180.


  • 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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