Great Britain (1627-28) crown Fr-248

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20175
GB c1627 crown rev P176-20175.jpg

This specimen was lot 20175 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Charles I, 1625-1649. Crown, ND (1627-28). Castle. Group B, second bust. King, small head and jeweled crown in ruff, armor and mantle; ‘V’ behind. Rv. Crowned square topped garnished arms. The surfaces are a trifle dull, though this piece is still an interesting coin to study as there are some circular die breaks observed on the reverse. The coin is nicely detailed on a round flan with complete legends. Accompanied by a group of old collector tags in antique hand, making for a nice display. Very Fine. Ex: Spink, 1985." This gold crown (five shillings) was accompanied by a gold angel (Fr-245), unite (Fr-246) and double crown (Fr-247). Charles' conflicts with Parliament and his subsequent inability to raise funds cramped the production of gold.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.25 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 34.9 grains.

Catalog reference: S-2711; North-2181a; Fr-248; KM-136.


  • 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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