England (1560-61) 1/2 crown Fr-205

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20100
Eng c1560 half crown rev P176-20100.jpg

This specimen was lot 20100 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $5,581. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Half Crown, ND (1560-61). Cross Crosslet. Crowned bust left in simpler dress; ear covered with hair. Rv. Crowned square topped shield; ‘E' and ‘R’ flanking. Another diminutive and rare type. This example boasts a bold strike and sharp details, though a light scratch is noted behind the bust. Fine Plus. Ex: Spink, Sale 31, October 1983, lot 148 (hammered at £1000)." This half crown was tariffed at two and a half shillings. It was later superseded by a silver coin of more convenient size. A similar crown of five shillings (Fr-204) also exists and is slightly more available.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 22.5 grains, this specimen 21.4 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2524; North-1984; Fr-205.


  • 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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