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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1311

TUDOR. Edward VI. 1547-1553. AV Half Sovereign (30mm, 5.34 g, 5h). First issue. Southwark mint; im: Є. Struck in the name of Henry VIII, 1547-1551.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1311.
 Estimated: $ 5 000

British, Gold

Sold For $ 9 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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TUDOR. Edward VI. 1547-1553. AV Half Sovereign (30mm, 5.34 g, 5h). First issue. Southwark mint; im: Є. Struck in the name of Henry VIII, 1547-1551. Є HENRIC : 8 : D : G : AGL : FRANCIE : Z HIB : REX (double lozenge stops), Henry enthroned facing, holding scepter in left hand, globus cruciger in right; rose below / Є IHS : AVTE : TRANSIENS : PER MEDI : ILLOR : IBA (double lozenge stops), crowned coat-of-arms with dragon and lion supporters standing on crown, Є between paws. Whitton p. 88, var. 2 (obv. only noted), pl. V. no. 9 (obv.); Schneider –; North –; SCBC –. Slightly short of flan otherwise. Good VF. Excellent late portrait of Henry VIII. Extremely rare.

From the G.W. Trow Collection. Ex M. Rasmussen FPL 27 (Spring 2015), no. C32; St. James’s 20 (18 November 2011), lot 36; Christie’s New York (24 June 1996), lot 176.

This most unusual coin combines the old portrait of Henry VIII’s third coinage with the lozenge stops associated with the posthumous issue struck with the young portrait of Edward VI. Whitton (op cit.) published one example, a mule with lozenge stops on obverse and third coinage sleeve stops on reverse, and suggests it was struck very soon after Henry’s death. This coin having lozenge stops on both sides is previously unpublished, though one other example known resides in the British Museum.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.