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BM01737

Elizabeth I gold Half Angel

Elizabeth I (1558-1603), gold Half-Angel, first issue (1558-60), St Michael slaying dragon, breaks inner beaded circle at top, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, initial mark lis, ELIZABETH. D; G; ANG; FRA; Z; HIB; rev. ship sailing right, quartered shield of arms at centre, E and rose above, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, .A: DNO; FACTVM. EST. ISTVD. Z. EST.M' weight 2.52g (SCH 735; N.1980; S.2516A). Struck fully round, lightly toned with one dirt spade mark on rim each side only, otherwise on par with the Schneider example, good very fine and very rare.

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 "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous in our eyes".

Provenance:

Ex Spink Coin Auction 81, 19th November 1990, lot 31

Ex Clarendon Collection, part 2, Bonhams, 17th October 2006.

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