Gold coin; Denomination: Ryal
Royal Mint, London
Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Third Coinage (North); Sixth Issue (Spink)

The Ryal was current at 15 shillings

Obverse Description

Half-length crowned figure of the Queen standing, facing, holding a sceptre and orb on a ship; on ship's stern a flag with the letter E; on side of ship, a rose; around, ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET hIB REGINA

Reverse Description

Floriated cross with lis at the end of each arm formed from selected rays of a central sun above which a rose; between arms a crowned lion; all within an arched tressure with trefoil in each spandril; around, (mm. A) IHS AVT TRANSIENS PER MEDIV ILLORVM IBAT (translation: but Jesus, passing through the midst of them, went his way)

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976

  • Acknowledgement

    Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929

  • Date Issued

    1582-1584 AD

  • Issued By

    HM Queen Elizabeth I, England, Great Britain

  • Mint

    Royal Mint, London
    At the time of striking this coin the Royal Mint was in the Tower of London and is often referred to as the Tower Mint

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  • Classification

    Coins, Great britain, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    35 mm (Outside Diameter), 7.667 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    [Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 2530 Pages
    [Book] North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coinage., North 2004 Pages