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Lot 289

Great Britain. 'Fine' Sovereign, 1553. S-2488; N-1956. 15.27 grams. Mary Tudor, 1553-1554. Date in Roman Numerals. Mary enthroned facing. Reverse: Shield within rose. Pomegranate / pomegranate mintmarks. With a full flan, bold legends and a solid strike (including the queen's delicate face), this a most impressive hammered coin. Very rare, moreso in this grade. One of the best examples known. NGC graded MS-62.

After the death of young Edward VI, his sister Mary, upon ascension, resumed coining at the old sterling standard. Apparently she was too honest to do otherwise, yet too preoccupied with other matters to effect a lasting remedy to the monetary problems she inherited. With Mary's early demise (of stomach cancer, which almost until the last moment she presumed to be pregnancy!), it would be her sister, Elizabeth, who would finally resolve the money evils initiated by their father, Henry VIII. The coins of this reign, so short in duration, are all rare, yet few project the majesty evinced by this coin of great grace and intrinsic value.
Estimated Value $30,000 - 35,000.
Ex Dr Jacob Y. Terner Collection (by private treaty to the Millennia Collection). Illustrated in Money of The World, coin 82.

Realized $52,900

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