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1572 - Elizabeth I Defence of the Kingdom SOLD

This rare small cast silver medal is believed to commemorate the period when Elizabeth I fortified her kingdom against anticipated attacks from the Roman Catholic powers of Europe in about 1572 (MI I 120/57; E 48Ab). The absence of a date suggests that the medal was not intended to commemorate any particular event. The obverse shows the bust of Elizabeth between a portcullis and rose, the Latin legend reads, 'What are we without thee'. The reverse show a castle on a mount between E. R., the Latin legend reads, 'What is this without arms'. The diameter is 23 mm and the condition Good Very Fine. There is a small indent in the obverse field. This medal has been sold.
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