Great Britain (1621-23) laurel Fr-242

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 21039
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This specimen was lot 21039 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $5,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Laurel, ND (1621-23). London Mint. James I. PCGS MS-61 Gold Shield. Thistle mintmark. Third head. Laureate bust left with smaller round head, wide ties, 'XX' in right field; Reverse: Crowned square topped shield on cross. Produced on a broad flan displaying full legends on both sides. A boldly struck, well centered example with bright yellow golden toning and copious amounts of soft satin luster. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." 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, this specimen 9.01 g.

Catalog reference: S-2638A; North-2113; Fr-242; KM-74.


  • 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]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.
  • 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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