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

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

1595–98

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Gold

Diameter: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Weight: 11.297 g (0.4 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.185

Location

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Queen Elizabeth still appears youthful in this portrait; she wears an elaborate bejeweled dress and her long hair flows from underneath her crown.

Description

For a long time all Elizabethan gold was considered as one series, but now it is divided into three, in accordance with who was in charge of the Tower mint and in accordance with the sequence of initial marks. On the reverse the initial mark is a key and can be seen just before the start of the inscription. On the obverse is a woolpack although it is overstruck. This points to the reuse of the die.

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

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