England (1553-54) angel Fr-194

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20091
Eng c1553 angel rev P176-20091.jpg

This specimen was lot 20091 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Mary, 1553-1554. Angel, ND (1553-54). Pomegranate. St. Michael spearing dragon. Class 1. Annulet stops. Rv. Ship with shield at center. Strong details in the center on both sides. The flan exhibits a small crack in the rim at 10 o’clock, as made. Subdued luster shines under handsome golden tone. Very Fine. Ex: Dolphin Coins, 1988 (private purchase at the ANA)." The angel was worth ten shillings and is the most affordable of all the rare gold coins of Mary I.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 80 grains; this specimen 77.2 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2490; North-1958; Fr-194.


  • 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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