Great Britain (1619-20) spur ryal Fr-240

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20147
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This specimen was lot 20147 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $76,375. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. James I, 1603-1625. Spur-ryal, ND (1619-20). Spur Rowel. Third Coinage. Very Rare and Important Spur-ryal Standing lion holding scepter with broad quartered square top shield in the fore, flanked by ‘X’ and ‘V’. Rv. Spur rowel, small rose at center, encircled by ring of alternating crowned lis and lions, all enclosed in beaded tressure of eight arches. A very rare and significant piece, a key type coin from the James I series. This is a finely crafted example of a beautifully conceived design. Perfect for the type and another astute purchase by Mr. Law from the Mallinson collection in 1984 (at £6,000 hammer). Reverend Mallinson had an exquisite eye and collected for decades, owning many extremely rare type coins. Impressive grade and clearly among the finest examples available. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex: Spink’s 1984 Mallinson Sale, No. 39, Lot 99; bought from Spink." This spur ryal of James' third issue was accompanied by a rose ryal (Fr-239), angel, laurel (Fr-242) and half laurel. 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 98.4 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2634; North-2109; Fr-240; KM-65.


  • 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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