Exceptional Fine Sovereign of Elizabeth I

This preview for our January 2018 New York International Numismatic
Convention Auction preview is another large sized gold piece, with much in
common with last week’s preview item: the Venetian 40
. This featured coin hails from the Golden Age of English
history, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. One of the most famous historical
events to occur in her long and illustrious reign was the sinking of the
Spanish Armada. The escalating conflict between Catholic Spain and Protestant
England came to a head in 1588, when King Philip II of Spain planned an
invasion of England. The English navy defeated the Spaniards in the Battle of
Gravelines and then chased the retreating Spaniards counterclockwise around the
British Isles. On this journey, severe weather and powerful westerly winds blew
Spanish ships aground. Thus the English prevented the invasion, and crippled
Spain’s status on the European stage.

This Fine Sovereign of 30 Shillings features an image of Queen Elizabeth
enthroned facing, holding a globus cruciger and scepter, with a portcullis at
her feet. The reverse features the Tudor rose (Elizabeth was destined to be the
last of the Tudor dynasty), with a square topped shield emblazoned with the
royal arms. This example is well made and sharp. It is sure to elicit spirited bidding,
as it is a classic world type that appeals to numerous collector groups.

We are currently taking consignments of world and ancient coins as well as
world paper money for our January 2018 New York International Auction. We are
also accepting consignments of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for
our April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Time is running short, so if you are
interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole
collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.

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