England (1574-78) 1/2 angel Fr-201

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20095
Eng c1574 half angel rev P176-20095.jpg

This specimen was lot 20095 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Half Angel, ND (1574-78). Eglantine. St. Michael spearing dragon. Beaded inner circle. Rv. Ship with shield at center. Nearly as made, if not fully so, with a superb strike and excellent details. It is very difficult to see the ‘TO’ that was engraved as an antique collector’s mark. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Spink, 1985." This half angel was tariffed at three shillings and four pence (one sixth of a pound). This type and the fifth issue half angel (Fr-212) are the most available gold coins of the reign.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 40 grains, this specimen 40.1 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2517; North-1992/1; Fr-201.


  • 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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