England 1553 ryal Fr-193

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20090

This specimen was lot 20090 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $105,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Mary, 1553-1554. Ryal of 15 Shillings, MDLIII. Pomegranate. Extremely Rare Ryal of 15 Shillings Queen standing on ship holding sword and shield; rose below. Rv. Floriated cross with lions within a tressure of eight arches; rose on radiant sun at center. Extremely rare. A key Mary type present only in the most illustrious collections. The pedigree chain for this piece is excellent, and it is struck from the same dies as the Norweb coin. Some scratches are noted on the reverse as well as a short flan crack. Some legends a bit off-flan, which is trivial when considering a great rarity such as this. The catalog value is meaningless for the specialists desiring this type, as it is worth a runaway price to the astute collector. Very Fine. Ex: Sotheby’s 1994 Strauss Collection of British Gold Coins, May 26, 1994, lot 74; previously Evans and Lockett (lot 1925) collections." This type was worth half a fine sovereign (Fr-192) or fifteen shillings.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 120 grains; this specimen 115.1 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2489; North-1957 Fr-193.


  • 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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