1582 - 1584 Elizabeth I Gold Angel Coin
This coin is a reproduction of a Tudor gold angel minted by Elizabeth I between 1582 – 1584.
The angel was a type of English coin introduced in 1465 by King Edward the IV. One side of the coin has an image of the archangel Michael slaying a dragon from gives the coin it’s name. On the reverse side of the coin is an image of a ship at sea with a cross as a 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 the edge of the coin are the words A DNO FACTVM EST ISTVD ET EST MIRABI which translates to, this is the Lords doing and it is marvellous.
Elizabeth the 1st minted several types of angel coins during her reign as queen including an angel, half angel and quarter angel denominations. The quarter angel and half angel were smaller coins than the “full” angel containing less gold.
Each coin measures 3.2 cm in diameter and weighs 7.05 grams
An original coin of this type is currently on display in the Victoria museum collection and can be viewed on the following link.
These coins are hand stamped by a passionate reenactor who performs historical coin minting demonstrations. As each coin is hand stamped small variations may exist adding to the hand made character of the coins.
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