England (1550-53) 1/2 sovereign Fr-187

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20085
Eng c1550 half sovereign rev P176-20085.jpg

This specimen was lot 20085 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward VI, 1547-1553. Half Sovereign, ND (1550-53). Tun. Tower Mint. Crowned half-length king holding sword and orb. Rv. Crown shield flanked by ‘E’ and ‘R’. Third coinage Crown Issue. Mostly very well struck, with only a touch of softness noted at the orb and corresponding reverse position of the crown. The details on the armor portrait are exceptional. An excellent representative of this type. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Seaby, 1984, (private purchase at the ANA)." This half sovereign was tariffed at ten shillings. This specimen is a product of the Tower mint in London.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 90 grains; this specimen 85.4 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2451; North-1928; Fr-187.


  • 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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