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Beautiful Edward VI Half Sovereign

451018. SOLD $29500

TUDOR. Edward VI. 1547-1553. AV Half Sovereign (27.5mm, 5.51 g, 11h). Second Period. Tower (London) mint; im: arrow. Struck 1549-1550. SCVTVM FIDEI PROTEGET EVM , bare headed bust right / EDWARD’/ VI ; D’/ G’/ AGL’/ FRA’/ Z / HIB’/ REX, crowned and garnished coat of arms. Schneider 670 (same dies); North 1908; SCBC 2435. Choice EF, light red tone. Very rare with such a well struck up portrait.


Ex Dix, Noonan Webb 63 (7 October 2004), lot 267; R. Strauss Collection (Sotheby’s, 26 May 1994), lot 69.

“Under Edward VI intense progress to realism was made, the boy-king’s bare-headed portrait conveying all the simple, unemotional pathos of the finest coin portraiture of any age.” (Humphrey Sutherland, Art in Coinagep. 162)