England (1581-82) 1/2 angel Fr-207

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30117
England c1581 half angel rev H3029-30117.jpg

This specimen was lot 30117 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Well-Detailed Example Elizabeth I gold Half Angel ND, AU58 NGC. 5th Issue (2nd gold Issue), Sword mm (minted 1581-82), struck in fine gold of .992 purity. A beautiful example of this type, struck in the last year of issue during this period. The flan is fully broad without cracks, evenly struck, and shows almost all details except for soft areas on Saint Michael's right arm and elbow and a bit of his face, and opposite in the waves below the ship. The slightly doubled legends are clear but not crisp. Most of the rim beading shows, and the metal is a lovely greenish gold in color with residual luster. This variety shows the queen's full titles on its obverse, while the reverse features the abbreviated standard Latin legend which translates to mean 'This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes' (Psalm 118:23). This is an exceptional example of an already rare denomination. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This angel was tariffed at three shillings and four pence (one sixth of a pound).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, .992 fine, 2.59 g (40 grains).

Catalog reference: S-2526, North-1992/1 (rare), Fr-207.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 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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