England (1551) angel Fr-190

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20081
Eng c1551 angel rev P176-20081.jpg

This specimen was lot 20081 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $52,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Edward VI, 1547-1553. Angel, ND (1551). Ostrich Head. Southwark. Extremely Rare Fine Gold Angel with Illustrious Pedigree St. Michael spearing dragon. Rv. Ship with shield at center. Third coinage Fine Gold issue. Extremely rare with an illustrious pedigree chain. This type is encountered only in the most important collections. Not perfect for the overly fussy, though accurately portrayed in the Norweb catalog. The reverse mint mark area was once home to a crack that was very deftly sealed, and minor nicks on the edge may suggest an old mounting. The Spink catalog noted that in some prior sales this coin was described as holed and plugged, though they did not agree with that assessment. We concur with the Spink cataloger—evidence of that is not readily seen, though we of course suggest close inspection. However, this type is very rarely offered in any grade and this Norweb example is beautiful. Very Fine. Ex: Spink's 1985 Norweb Collection-English Coins Part II, Lot 342 (at nearly $11,000 U.S., envelope included); bought from Baldwin's, 1955; other pedigrees include: Wigan; Brice; Montagu Part II, lot 806, Foster (lot 88); and Brunn (lot 608)." This angel was tariffed at ten shillings instead of the previous six shillings eight pence but the weight was the same.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 80 grains; this specimen 76.5 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2448; North-1931; Fr-190.


  • 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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