Gold Queen Bess Rules at St James’s… Rare Elizabeth I Coin Achieves $37,800

By Paul Fraser Collectibles

A week ago, St James’s Auctions in association with Baldwin’s held an auction of fine ancient, British and foreign coins with a number of gold rarities in particular which were always likely to excite collectors and alternative investors.

Ahead of the sale, we looked at a milled gold coin from the reign of Elizabeth I. The half-pound specimen dates from 1561 to 1570 and depicts an extremely rare bust. A crowned shield of arms is on the reverse.

Weighing 5.56g, it suffers from some very light surface marks but remains close to its original state.

Struck from the shilling die, this piece was expected to achieve between £17,500 and £22,500. It last appeared at auction in 1992, when it made £4,700 at Spink. This time it squeaked past that to reach $37,800.

Elizabeth I Gold Queen Bess Rules at St Jamess... Rare Elizabeth I Coin Achieves $37,800

It’s no surprise to see that an Elizabeth I coin was in significant demand. We sold a silver oddity from her reign recently. It will make the new owner an excellent alternative investment.

The milled gold Elizabeth I coin was not the most striking success of the auction however. A Henry VI, restored gold coin depicting the archangel Michael slaying the dragon on a full round flan, (extremely fine, practically as struck and extremely rare in this condition) easily surpassed its £8,000-10,000 listing.

In fact, eager bidding caused the coin to sell for double its estimated value at £20,500 ($33,700).

Posted in: Auctions

About the Author:

Paul Fraser has been passionately involved in a wide spectrum of investment grade collectibles spanning over 35 years. He recently stepped down as Chairman (and owner) at Stanley Gibbons, the London Stock Market listed Collecting Company, which he helped to build from a $5 million Company to one worth over $100 million. Paul is a world renowned Beatles memorabilia expert and handled the deal that took John Lennon's childhood stamp collection, complete with his earliest known signature, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Paul has also been heavily involved in the rare stamp investing market and was responsible for the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black cover to the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Paul has been involved with many of the collecting areas featured on this website, and has been responsible for over $300m of investment grade collectibles sales through various collectible companies.

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