ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ENGLISH HAMMERED GOLD SERIES

 

mary

Mary ( sole rule, 1553-54), Ryal, 7.62g, MDLII (1553), m.m. pomegranate, queen, crowned, standing facing, in a ship with flag with letter M on bow castleand rose on hull, holding sword in right hand and left hand resting on shield, annulet stops,rev.rose over radiate sun over floriate cross, crowned leopard in angles, annulet stops (Schneider 709 - same dies; N. 1957; S. 2489)

Provenance:

 

Spink,  13th December 2011, lot 92

V.J.E. Ryan, Glendinning, 28-30 June, 1950, lot 260

B. Roth, Sotheby's, 19-20 July 1917, lot 274

A.W. Hankin, Sotheby's, 29th March 1900, lot 308

 

There is a marked difference between the ship Ryals of Mary and Elizabeth I. Mary appears plainly and solemnly dressed, holding a sword and shield and standing in an old fashioned high castled galleon. Twenty-five years later, her successor Elizabeth I is shown elaborately and splendidly dressed, holding an orb and sceptre and standing in a ship recognisably the English warship of Drake and Hawkins as seen portrayed on medals and engravings from the period of  the Spanish Armada. The contrast in not accidental. Mary represents militant piety of a monarchy defending the old religious order. Elizabeth on the other hand links the majesty of the queen to English naval supremacy.

PRICE: £175,000