Edward VI Southwark Sovereign

Edward VI Southwark Sovereign

Edward VI (1547-53), gold Sovereign, second period (Jan. 1549-Apr. 1550), struck in crown gold of 22 carat at Twenty Shillings face value, Southwark Mint, crowned facing full-length seated figure of King on throne, holding orb and upright sword, cherub supporters on throne arms, linear inner and beaded outer circles surrounding with Latin legend both sides, initial mark Y, EDWARD; VI: D; G; AGL; FRAN; ET: hIB; REX*: rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, lion supporter to left, dragon supporter to right, ER on banner below, Y IHS; AVTEM. TRANSIENS. PER MEDI; ILLOR: IBAT. weight 10.90g (Schneider 685; N.1906; S.2433). Well struck obverse, a little weaker in parts of reverse, some tiny surface marks and nicks mainly in fields, otherwise good very fine and better than usually encountered, rare as such and very desirable.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Edward the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of England, France, and Ireland "; on the reverse "But Jesus, passing through the midst of them, went His way" taken from the Bible.


The Under-Treasurer at the Southwark Mint at the time of this coinage was Sir John York who therefore placed his initial as the mint mark for these coins struck in 22 carat fineness an improvement on the previous 20 carat gold pieces of his late Father thought the weight was slightly reduced.



Ex L E Bruun, part I, Sotheby, 18th-22nd May 1925, lot 581, sold for £15.

Ex Gilbert C Drabble, part I, Glendining, 4th July 1939, lot 136, sold for £21/10/-.

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, October 1976.

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, January 1979.

Ex Wolfson Collection, Sotheby, 13th February 1986, lot 76.


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