Great Britain (1606-07) rose ryal Fr-230

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 21032
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This specimen was lot 21032 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $22,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lovely James I Rose-Ryal. GREAT BRITAIN. Rose-Ryal of 30 Shillings, ND (1606-07). James I (1603-25). NGC AU-55. Second coinage. Escallop mint mark. VERY RARE in this state of preservation. King seated on throne holding orb and scepter; portcullis at feet. Reverse exhibits square topped shield on rose. An interesting type, similar in style to a Fine Sovereign from the Tudor series. Signs of circulation consistent for the grade. Well struck with typical detail on king's face with all other design features clear without the aid of magnification. Abundant luster in the peripheral devices and across much of the reverse. Well centered with fully visible legends both sides. Lovely honey gold tone throughout with good eye appeal. A terrific example destine for a fine cabinet." This unite of James' second issue was accompanied by a unite (Fr-234), angel, half angel, spur ryal (Fr-231), double crown (Fr-235), crown and half crown. With the accession of James I we drop "England" as the country name and adopt the current "Great Britain."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13 g, .995 fine gold, .415 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-2613; Fr-230; KM-42; N-2079.


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