England (1560-61) 1/2 pound Fr-203

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21010
England c1560 half pound rev Heritage 3010-21010.jpg

This specimen was lot 21010 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $4,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth I gold Half Pound ND (1560-61), 2nd Issue, cross-crosslet mm (1560-61), XF Details, Mount Removed, Damaged, NGC, noticeable dent top of the queen's head, a few scattered old scuffs and some fine old scratches, but the flan is large and roundish, portrait and shield fairly sharp, legends bold, and the overall appearance without magnification is quite appealing. From the Highlands Park Collection of British Coins." This half pound was tariffed at ten shillings. Milled versions of this denomination exist (Fr-223) but are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 90 grains.

Catalog reference: S2520, Fr-203.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • 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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