Fine-Sovereign-of-Elizabeth-I-to-be-Auctioned-in-January

Fine Sovereign of Elizabeth I to be Auctioned in January

18 Oct 2017  Wed

The January 2018 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auction is going to offer a historical coin issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

There was a constant conflict between Catholic Spain and Protestant England in those days. In 1588, King Philip II of Spain planned to invade England. In the Battle of Gravelines, the English navy not only defeated the Spaniards but also pushed them back around the British Isles. On their way back, the Spanish ships drowned due to bad weather, including the Spanish Armada.

The offered coin is a Fine Sovereign of 30 Shillings depicting an image of Queen Elizabeth, holding a globus cruciger and scepter, with a portcullis at her feet. The reverse features the Tudor rose, with a square topped shield with the royal arms.