England (1592-93) sovereign Fr-209

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20104
Eng c1592 sovereign rev P176-20104.jpg

This specimen was lot 20104 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $6,462. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Fine Sovereign of 30 Shillings, ND (1592-93). Tun. Queen seated holding orb and scepter; portcullis at her feet. Rv. Tudor rose with square topped shield center. A third Fine Sovereign, but with a different mark than the first two. Uniformly bright. The centers are weakly struck. Fine Plus. Ex: Gold & Silver Exchange Ltd., 1981." Both Friedberg and Lobel list this coin as a fifth issue and the only sovereign (thirty shillings) of the reign. Seaby[2] classes this as a sixth issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 240 grains, this specimen 230 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2529; North-2003; Fr-209.


  • 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.
  • [2]Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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