Gold coin; Denomination: 1/2 Angel
Tower Mint, London, Hammer struck
Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

The value of an angel varied during the reign, it was 6 shillings 8 pence (1/2 angel 3 shillings 4 pence) from 1561-1572 but 10 shillings (1/2 angel 5 shillings) at other times (Grueber p.94).

Obverse Description

At centre, the Archangel St. Michael piercing a dragon in the mouth, both feet in front of the dragon, wings spread; around, (mm. sword) ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA

Reverse Description

At centre a ship at sea with cross as mast surmounted by top-castle, the cross divides the letter E and a rose and appears from behind a square topped plain shield quartered with the arms of France and England; around, (mm. sword) A DNO FACTVM EST ISTVD ET EST MIRA (translation, this is the Lords doing and it is marvellous)

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