Great Britain (1619-20) laurel

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 12125
Great Britain c1619 laurel rev Ponterio 169-12125.jpg
Ponterio sale 176, lot 20148
GB c1619 laurel rev P176-20148.jpg

The first specimen was lot 12125 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,762. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Laurel, ND (ca. 1619-20). PCGS Genuine--Filed Rims, AU Details Secure Holder. James I (1603-25). Third coinage. Second bust. Spur rowel mintmark. From the Ronald Lyle Collection." The second specimen was lot 20148 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $4,994. The catalog description[2] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. James I, 1603-1625. Laurel, ND (1619-20). Spur Rowel. Third Coinage. Second bust. Laureate medium square bust left, small close ties, ‘XX’ in right field. Rv. Crowned square topped shield on cross. Exceptionally well-detailed with strong hair, ribbons, facial hair and ruff. Lightly cleaned and now retoning beautifully with coppery highlights in the lettering. Very attractive. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Seaby, 1984 ANA." James I, who united England and Scotland, invented the term Great Britain. The laurel coinage of the second half of his reign comes in one, half (Fr-243) and quarter laurel, all expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 9 g, .917 fine gold, the second specimen 138.9 grains.

Catalog reference: Fr-242; S-2638; KM-73; North-2112; Woodhead-83.


  • 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, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • [2]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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