England (1567-70) 1/2 pound Fr-203
This specimen was lot 20098 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $4,406. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Half Pound, ND (1567-70). Coronet. Crowned bust left in simpler dress; ear visible. Rv. Crowned square topped Fine Plus. Ex: Galerie des Monnaies, 1980 (private purchase at the ANA)." This crown was tariffed at ten shillings. Milled half pounds also exist (Fr-223) but are scarcer.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, 90 grains, this specimen 81.1 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2520B; North-1994; Fr-203.
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