MS62+ | Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Second 'Restoration' Coinage, Sixth Issue [Fine Gold], Double Rose Noble or 'Fine Sovereign' [of 30-Shillings], (Pyx Period: 14 February 1585 - 30 May 1587), Tower, ELIZABETH • D .' G .' ANG .' | FRA .' ET • HIB •' REGINA • (m.m.) • Queen seated on ornamented throne with very fine latice work and pellet backing, holding orb and sceptre, flanked by double-pellet and annulet-adorned pillars, Portcullis below atop ornate tressure through which it and only her crown breaks, rev. (m.m.) A • DNO • FACTV .' EST • ISTVD ET • EST • MIRAB •' IN • OCVLIS • NRS • Royal Shield set atop Tudor Rose, spandrels plain, 15.37g [237.2grns], 9h, m.m. escallop [over A on reverse (?)] (HCN 81; Brown and Comber A10 [Type i d]; Lockett 1951 same obverse die; Schneider I, -/779; North 2003; Spink 2529), a faint crimp line through knee and some doubling to reverse legends, otherwise a gloriously full and uniform strike accentuated by residual mint flare in recesses, finely incised detailing attractively struck up, extremely fine thus, and amongst the finest known for type, in NGC 'Horace Hird' holder, graded MS62+ (Cert. #6135299-046)
A Lost Parcel from the Celebrated Horace Hird Collection
Brown and Comber record seventy-four instances of this privy mark for denomination as listed in the Spink Numismatic Circular and Seaby Bulletin between 1937 and 1983. Challis records the mint output for this Pyx Period at £56,562 for Fine Gold.