Ireland 1557 groat S-6501B
This specimen was lot 3087 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $793.12. The catalog description noted, "Ireland. Groat, 1557. Mary and Philip, 1554-1558. Obverse: Facing portraits of the two monarchs. Reverse: Crowned Irish harp with initials P and M to left and right. Exquisite detail on this (usually) poorly made coin. Very sharp in parts, superb portraits and some original mint luster. NGC graded AU-50. WINGS. It was during this reign that the power of the English crown was increased by the settlement of English farmers in central Ireland in the area to the east of Dublin. The silver content of the groats and shillings shipped to Ireland fell to about 25% fineness, and the overall minting quality was poor."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S.6501B.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of the Coins of Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands & Isle of Man, London: Coincraft, 1999.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Man & Lundy), Pre-Decimal Issues, 2nd edition, London: Spink & Son, 2003.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.