James I (1603-25), Half-Angel of five shillings and sixpence, second coinage (1604-19) London mint, initial mark cinquefoil both sides. St Michael slaying dragon, standing right breaking the beaded inner linear circle. Legend reads IACOBVS. D’. G’. MA’. BRI’. FRA’. ET. HI’. REX, pellet and comma stops. Rev, ship sailing, large quartered shield upon hull, thick mast above, flanked by I to left, rose to right, legend reads A. DNO. FACTVM. EST. ISTVD, 2.38g (N.2082; S.2617). Extremely fine, a superlative example one of the finest known of its type, an excessively rare piece with one of the most extensive provenances.
Ex E. Wigan
Ex W. Brice
Ex H. Montagu, 1896, Part 3, lot 181
Ex J.G Murdoch, 1903, lot 740
Ex Lt. Col. Leslie-Ellis
Ex R.C. Lockett , 1956, lot 2082
Ex Numismatic Circular, December 1956
Ex Norweb, 1985, lot 389
This pedigree is without equal as it has been in all the most important collections in the last 150 years! Four of these collections are the finest and most extensive English coin collections ever assembled and has been the prize example of its type in all of these. In it’s most famous collection, the Lockett collection, auctioned in 1956 by Glendinings, its quality was illustrated by the description of the coin in the sale catalogue as ‘in beautiful state for this excessively rare coin’ where it was bought by Spink for £190,which was £30 more than a Spur Ryal of the same king that has fetched (in auction) in excess of £85,000 couple of months ago! This coin is a gold Half-Angel issued between 1613 and 1615 which tariff ed at 5 shillings (and then a couple of years later at 5 shillings and 6 pence after the currency reform), so called because the coin features the Angel Michael slaying the devil. It was the last series of Half-Angels to be minted and with the currency reform in 1619 the denomination was discontinued forever. In these final years of issue under James the output was very small and these little coins are excessively rare. No other of this quality has come up for sale for many many years and this particular specimen is probably the best condition piece in existence.