Great Britain (1615-16) crown Fr-236

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20141
GB c1615 crown rev P176-20141.jpg

This specimen was lot 20141 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. James I, 1603-1625. Crown, ND (1615-16). Tun. Second Coinage. Fifth bust. Crowned bust right, plain armor details, different ruff and thicker head. Rv. Crowned square top quartered shield with crown flanked by ‘I’ and ‘R’; dual titles of queen and king. Some crudeness is noted on the perimeter, and the coin was apparently struck from clashed dies, as can be seen behind the portrait. The Tun mark is clear on reverse, but some portions of the legend are flat. Bright. Very Fine. Ex: Seaby, 1982." This gold crown of James' second issue was accompanied by a rose ryal (Fr-230), angel, unite (Fr-234), spur ryal (Fr-231), double crown (Fr-235), half angel (Fr-233) 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 38.6 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2626; North-2092l; Fr-236; KM-36.


  • 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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