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Mary Queen of Scots, 1579.

Mary Queen of Scots, silver medal, 1579, crowned shield of Scotland, MARIA. DEI. G. SCOTOR. REGINA., rev. a celestial hand prunes a withered vine, VIRESCIT. VVLNERE. VIRTVS +, 28mm, 4.22g (MI i 128/77; cf Eimer 50). Good very fine, rare.

VIRESCIT. VVLNERE. VIRTVS (Virtue is strengthened by affliction). Mary herself embroidered a cushion with this image and motto in 1569. It also featured on a silver-gilt bell belonging to her.

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