MARY GOLD RYAL OF 1553 – CLASSIC RARITY OF THE ENGLISH SERIES PROVENANCED BACK TO 1900 – AU53 PCGS GRADED GREAT BRITAIN WORLD COIN (Inv. 13739)
GREAT BRITAIN. MARY (Sole Rule, 1553-1554)
Gold Ryal, 1553.
Obv. Mary, crowned, holding sword and shield, standing in ship with rose to one side and flag with “M” on the other.
Rev. Radiant sun with central rose, over floreate cross.
S-2489; Schneider 709 (same dies); North 1957.
Provenance: Ex Jonathan Rosen Collection; Ex Heritage 3048 (11 August 2016), lot 32293, where it hammered down for $ 130,000; Spink (13 December 2011), lot 92; V. J. E. Ryan Collection (Glendining, 28 June 1950), lot 260; Bernard Roth Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 19 July 1917), lot 274; Arthur William Hankin Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 29 March 1900), lot 308.
PCGS graded AU53, PCGS # 89429855/32942889. An extreme rarity for the English series with less than 10 in private hands and very few available on the market; this specimen has a light crease with an almost imperceptible striking crack in center, not noted by PCGS.