Coin - 1/4 Angel, Elizabeth I, England, Great Britain, 1578-1579 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 372

Gold coin; Denomination: 1/4 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 (1/4 angel 1 shilling 8 pence) from 1561-1572 but 10 shillings (1/4 angel 2 shillings 6 pence) at other times (Grueber p.94).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.187 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1578-1579 AD
Denomination: 1/4 Angel
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. cross) ELIZABETH D G ANG FRANCI
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. cross) ET HIBERNIE REGINA FIDEI
Edge Description: plain
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: HM Queen Elizabeth I, England, Great Britain, 1578-1579
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1578-1579

The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at the time this coin was struck and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint
  1. [Book], J. North, English Hammered Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1963, North 1993 Pages
  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 2528 Pages

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