Elizabeth I, Sovereign

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Elizabeth I (1584-6), Fine Sovereign, sixth issue, mm. escallop, crowned figure of queen enthroned facing, holding orb and sceptre, portcullis at feet, rev. shield of arms at centre of full-blown…
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Description

Elizabeth I (1584-6), Fine Sovereign, sixth issue, mm. escallop, crowned figure of queen enthroned facing, holding orb and sceptre, portcullis at feet, rev. shield of arms at centre of full-blown rose, wt.15.3gms. (S.2529; N.2003).

Almost extremely fine with a good portrait.

Ex St James’s Auction 10, 7 November 2008, lot 687.

The largest and most intrinsically valuable gold coin of the many issues of this reign, this was the jewel of Renaissance coinage, minted from nearly pure gold (.995 fine) and typically found with bent or wavy flans, often cracked and dented, because of the purity of the metal. While a coin such as this was never or rarely seen by the queen’s subjects other than nobility, it was a staple at Court and viewed by those abroad as emblematic of Elizabeth’s reign, in sharp contrast to the questionable and much unwanted money of the kingdom as it remained at the end of her father’s rule. Almost from the very beginning, the queen sought to restore her money to renown, and as Challis notes (A New History ofthe Royal Mint, page 248), ‘Elizabeth’s ‘notable convercion of the base monyes to the prestinat state of sterlings’ has rightly been regarded from her own day to this as an important achievement, one which,as Camden put it, ‘turned to her greater, yea greatest, glory’.

Specification

Period 1584 - 1586 AD
Coin Group

British

Demonination

Sovereigns

Coin Ruler

Elizabeth I

Country

England

Coin House

House of Tudor

Metal

Gold

Mint Mark

Sixth Issue

References S.2529
Weight 15.3 g

Provenance

Ex St James’s Auction 10, 7 November 2008, lot 687.

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