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DM07704

Elizabeth I Crown mint mark 2 dating to 1602, very rare final crown of reign

Elizabeth I (1558-1603), silver Crown, ornate crowned bust left, holding orb and sceptre, crown breaks inner beaded circle, initial mark 2 (1602), Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, ELIZABETH: D: G: ANG: FRA: ET: HIBER: REGINA:2: rev. long cross fourchee under quartered shield of arms, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, :2: POSVI: DEVM: AD IVTORE M: MEVM: weight 29.86g (N.2012; S.2582A). Pleasant dark tone, just a little weakly struck at chin area of Queen and corresponding part of reverse, one small edge crack at I of Queen's name into rim only, a couple of small flaws on reverse metal, otherwise fully round good very fine and a very pleasing example of this the final and rarest mint mark for the Elizabethan Crown, at least twenty times rarer than the mint mark 1, very rare with an excellent provenance.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queen of England France and Ireland; and on the reverse "I have made God our Helper" a Psalm from the Bible.

Provenance:

Ex T. B. Clarke-Thornhill, first portion, Glendining, 24th May 1937, lot 446 sold for £7.

Ex F. B. Nightingale, Glendining, 24th October 1951, lot 26, sold for £22.

Ex Raymond Carlyon-Britton, Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin, March 1959, item EL630 plate XI offered at £52/10/-.

Ex F. R. Cooper sold as "West Country Collector", Glendining, 8th November 1978, lot 14.

Ex A H Baldwin, Fixed Price List, Winter 2015, item BH043.

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