Great Britain (1606-07) unite Fr-234

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20133
GB c1606 unite rev P176-20133.jpg

This specimen was lot 20133 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $3,642. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. James I, 1603-1625. Unite, ND (1606-07). Escallop. Second Coinage. Fourth bust. Half-length bust right in plainer armor holding orb and scepter. Rv. Crowned square top quartered shield flanked by ‘I’ and ‘R’. The coin lends an excellent first impression. Close scrutiny indicates some dirt removal within the legends, a bit heavier at 12 o’clock, mentioned merely for the sake of accuracy, as it is not a serious flaw. Very Fine Plus. Ex: William Youngerman, 1983." This unite of James' second issue was accompanied by a rose ryal (Fr-230), 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: gold, this specimen 151.3 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2619; North-2084; Fr-234; KM-45.


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  • [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.

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