TUDOR. Mary. 1553-1554. AV Ryal (37mm, 3h). Tower (London) mint; im: pomegranate. Dated 1553. mΛRIΛ · (pomegranate) · D' · G' ΛnG' · FRΛ' · (retrograde Z) · hIB' · RЄGInΛ · m · D · L III (annulet stops), Mary, holding sword in left hand and shield in right, standing facing in ship, with rose on side and flag at stern, sailing right / Λ : DnO' · FΛCTV' · ЄST : ISTVD : Z : ЄST · mIRΛBI' · In' · OCVL' · nRIS' ·(annulet stops), radiant sun, with rose in center, over floreate cross with lis at ends; in each quarter, crown above lion passant left; all within tressure of eight arches. Schneider 709 (same dies); North 1957; SCBC 2489. In PCGS encapsulation, graded AU 55. Light crease, almost imperceptible striking crack in center, but otherwise choice surfaces. Extremely rare in all grades.
From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Heritage 3048 (11 August 2016), lot 32293; 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.
A classic rarity in the English series. Very few in private hands