Great Britain (1620-21) 1/2 laurel Fr-243
This specimen was lot 20153 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. James I, 1603-1625. Half-laurel, ND (1620-21). Rose. Third Coinage. Fourth head. Laureate bust left with smaller round head, small ties, ‘X’ behind. Rv. Crowned square topped shield on cross. Not an easy coin to find in perfect state, this example is well above the average condition. Sharply struck with a good portrait. Some weakness is noted on two quarters of the shield. Pleasing natural color. Very Fine Plus. Ex: Duggan, 1981." 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 (Fr-242), half and quarter laurel (Fr-244), all expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: gold, the second specimen 69.0 grains.
Catalog reference: S-2641A; North-2117; Fr-243; KM-71.
- 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.
- 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.