English Crown

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Date:1707 - 1708 (c.)


English silver crown, 1707-1708

Diameter 38mm

The obverse features the draped bust of Queen Anne facing left. There is a stamp of the letter 'E' below the bust indicating that the coin was minted in Edinburgh. The inscription reads 'ANNA.DEI.GRATIA', Latin meaning 'Anna By the Grace of God', although it is barely legible on this example and completely obscured by wear on the left hand side. The obverse side also features a number of markings one of which clearly reads 'Eliza Smith/Coventry/1792'. The reverse features four shields, two contain the symbol of Great Britain (the three lions of England next to the single lion rampant of Scotland). The other two contain the harp of Ireland and the fleur-de-lys of France respectively. Each shield has a crown above it and all four surround the Garter Star. The inscription reads 'MAG.BRI.FR.ET.HIB.REG', Latin abbreviated for 'Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland', but the date is illegible.


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Donor ref:LEAMG : M995.1926.15 (66/16554)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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