England 1554 sovereign Fr-192
This specimen was lot 20089 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $55,812. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Mary, 1553-1554. Fine Sovereign of 30 Shillings, MDLIIII. Pomegranate. Very Rare MDLIIII Fine Sovereign Queen seated on throne holding orb and scepter; portcullis at her feet. Rv. Tudor rose with shield. Considered a rarer date. An impressive example, like all the Fine Sovereigns in the Law Collection (we have started to lose count!). Uniformly bright, and featuring an exceptional strike with full legends. Ex: Spink/Noble, 1993." 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 233.6 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2488; North-1956; Fr-192.
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- 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.
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