Scotland 1571 ryal Dav-8463

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 30704
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30704 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "James VI Ryal of 30 Shillings 1571 XF45 NGC. Also known as a Sword Dollar, and without the Thistle re-valuation mark of 1578, this broad example presents bold, original details and evenly-toned surfaces in a delectable shade of steel-gray. Light ghosting is visible on both the obverse and reverse which further adds to the interest of this offering. Altogether a very pleasing coin, scarce in grades above VF, and well-deserving of a strong bid." Davenport lists this type for 1567-71 and the specimen shown in his catalog displays the countermark.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S-5472, Dav-8463.

Source:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [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.

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