Summary

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

Also known as a 1/2 sovereign, it is a 10 shilling coin.

Obverse Description

Within an inner bead circle, crowned bust of the Queen, wearing ruff and decorated dress, facing left (crown pierces circle); around, (mm. woolpack) ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIB REGINA

Reverse Description

Within a bead circle a plain square top shield quartered with the arms of France (1 & 4) and England (2 & 3), dividing the letters ER; above, a crown which pierces the inner circle; around, (mm. woolpack) SCVTVM FIDET PROTEGET EAM (translation, the shield of faith shall protect her)

Edge Description

plain

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