Great Britain (1603-04) sovereign Fr-226

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20125
GB c1603 sovereign rev P176-20125.jpg

This specimen was lot 20125 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $28,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. James I, 1603-1625. Sovereign, ND (1603-04). Thistle. First Coinage. First bust. Half-length bust right in plain armor holding orb and scepter. Rv. Crowned square top quartered shield flanked by ‘I’ and ‘R’. A second example. Sharply struck, but there is well-hidden flan lamination concealed in the arm. The portrait, crown, and eye details are superior for the type. The surfaces are uniformly bright from a light wiping. Extremely Fine. Ex: Spink, 1991." This type was accompanied by a half sovereign (ten shillings), a gold crown (five shillings) and a gold half crown (2½ shillings), all expensive. With the accession of James I we drop the "England" as the country name and adopt the current "Great Britain."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 180 grains, this specimen 169.6 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2608; North-2065; Fr-226; KM-20.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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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