Great Britain (1623-24) laurel Fr-242

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29569
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This specimen was lot 29569 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "James I (1603-25) gold Laurel 1623-24 AU53 NGC, 3rd Coinage of 1619-25, Lis mm, A fine example of this late gold type from this reign, the king's portrait mostly sharp, the legends clear and unusually full, lustrous surfaces, normal slight doubling here and there but overall quite a desirable coin that has experienced very little actual wear." 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 (Fr-244), all expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-242, S-2638C, North-2114, KM 74.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • 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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