Halfcrown: Elizabeth I (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)

Diameter: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)
Weight: 1.388 g (0.05 oz.)
Location: not on view
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This small coin, a halfcrown, would have been more accessible to ordinary citizens and their chance to see a portrait of the queen.


A rare coin, the portrait of the queen is very well executed. There are two types of this coin that feature a bust of the queen. They vary considerably, this one being less ornate than the second, 1969.184. Elizabeth I chose a Latin phrase, SCVTVM FIDEI PROTEGET EAM, translated as The Shield of Faith Shall Protect Her to appear on the reverse of some of her coins, befitting her precarious position.
Halfcrown: Elizabeth I (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)

Halfcrown: Elizabeth I (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)


England, Elizabeth I, 1558-1603

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