Philip and Mary fine gold Angel AU53 ex Taffs

Philip and Mary fine gold Angel AU53 ex Taffs

Philip and Mary (1554-58), fine gold Angel, of ten shillings, class 4, St Michael slaying dragon right, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding on both sides, initial mark lis (August 1557-58) both sides, pellet stops, .PHILIP; Z: MARIA: D; G; REX. Z. REGINA. A' rev flat decked ship sailing right, large quartered shield at centre, P and M above with cross, A' DNO' FACTVM: EST: ISTVD: Z: EST. MIRABILE, weight 5.11g (Schneider 727; N.1965; S.2496). Attractively toned, one light crease otherwise practically extremely fine and extremely rare this well preserved, has been graded and slabbed by PCGS as AU53, the finest that PCGS has seen to date and illustrated on their website as such.

PCGS certification 655739.58/34313457.


The abbreviated Latin legend translates as on obverse "Philip and Mary by the Grace of God, King and Queen of England," and on the reverse "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous," a Psalm from the Bible.


The gold Angels carrying Philip's name were only struck from August 1557 till the end of the reign, a period of just over a year. Today we are left with a legacy of less than fifty surviving coins both in museum and private collections of all varieties and most are not as fine as the example offered herewith. The flat decked ship variety accounts for circa 25 examples of the roughly 50 known and at least 11 of the 25 are institutionalised. The die combination offered on this coin appears to be the earliest so likely struck in the August to September period of 1557.



Ex H W Taffs, Glendining, 21st November 1956, lot 12.

Ex Spink Coin Auction 90, 16th March 1992, lot 29.

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, November 1993, item 7752.


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