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BM01483

Philip and Mary Shilling

Philip & Mary (1554-1558), Silver Shilling, undated issue with full titles, profile busts facing each other, crown above, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, PHILIP. ET. MARIA. D. G. R. ANG. FR. NEAP. PR. HISP. rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, value either side of crown, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, .POSVIMVS. DEVM. ADIVTOREM. NOSTRVM. weight 6.16g (N.1967; S.2498). With excellent portraits, a little weaker at Mary's shoulder and corresponding part of reverse, lightly tooled with resulting hairline scratches in fields both sides, otherwise good very fine, attractively toned.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Philip and Mary by the Grace of God, King of England, France, Naples and Prince of Spain" and on the reverse "We have made God my helper" a Psalm from the Bible. The abbreviated obverse legend is not explained in many publications but seems to refer to the titles of Philip only after their joint names, they having married at Winchester Cathedral on the 25th July 1554. The Shillings and Sixpences are the only silver coins to not carry the mint mark lis which appears on the other denominations which are also styled differently in their legends with an onus toward joint titling.

Provenance:

Ex Baldwin Auction 99, 4th May 2016, lot 989.

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