England 1553 sovereign Fr-192

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3384
This specimen was lot 3384 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 26,000 CHF (about US$31,026 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GREAT BRITAIN, Königreich, Mary, 1553-1554 Fine Sovereign 1553. London Münzzeichen Granatapfel. Von grösster Seltenheit. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of england, Mary I, 1553-58, sovereign of 1553, Londin mint, pomegranate mintmark. Of the highest rarity, Good very fine.)"
The fine sovereign was thirty shillings (two ryals or three angels) and the largest gold coin of Mary I. It is noted for 1553-54.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 240 grains; this specimen 15.28 g.

Catalog reference: S-2488; North-1956; Fr-192.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • 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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