Ryal: Elizabeth I in Ship (obverse); Rose over Radiate Sun (reverse)

Ryal: Elizabeth I in Ship (obverse); Rose over Radiate Sun (reverse)

1583–84/85

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Gold

Diameter: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Weight: 7.717 g (0.27 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.183

Location

Did you know?

The ryal, 15 shillings, was the rarest denomination and was minted in exceedingly small numbers.

Description

An excellent specimen of a very rare coin, the figure of the queen is full of minute detail. Elizabeth I is shown sailing on a ship; she holds an orb and scepter. A rose appears on the hull of the ship and an E on the banner located on the bow. Produced at the climax of her reign, the design was chosen to demonstrate England's superior naval power and colonization of what would become the United States of America.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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