England (1567-68) 1/2 crown Fr-225
This specimen was lot 20123 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $41,125. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Half Crown, ND (1567-68). Lis. Milled Coinage. Superb and Extremely Rare Milled Half Crown Crowned bust left wearing elaborate dress with lower ruff and exposed ear. Bust E. Crowned square topped arms; ‘E’ and ‘R’ flanking. An extremely rare type. An absolute pearl, beautifully made, with Prooflike surfaces on either side. Among the finest, if not in fact the finest. A 'Gem' for the technical grade and key for a denomination set of this milled coinage trio. Far superior to the Norweb Part III coin, which hammered for £3,200. Mr. Law obtained this in 1985 for just over $9,000. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Spink, 1985." This crown was tariffed at two and a half shillings and is the rarest of the three milled denominations struck during Elizabeth's reign.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 22.5 grains, this specimen 21.7 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2545; North-2021/2; Fr-225.
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