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Auction: 21064 - The Horace Hird Collection of Tudor, Stuart and Commonwealth Coins and Patterns
Lot: 51

MS61 | Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Seventh Issue, Pattern *in Gold* for a Groat [?], 1601, after Nicholas Hilliard, Tower [?], • VNVM • A • DEO • DVOBVS • SVSTINEO, crowned three-quarter facing bust with richly ornamented and bejewelled bodice, wearing expansive ruff, rev. AFFLICTORVM CONSERVATRIX, crowned ELIZABETH monogram, dividing 1601, 4.34g [66.8grns], 6h, edge plain, p.m. sexfoil [six-pointed star] (Tyssen 2589a = Grieve 30 = Whitehead = Huth 565 = Vaughan-Morgan 42 = Lockett 2042 same dies; Ducie 28 this coin; Montagu [1885], pp. 1, no. 1 ['Half Groat']; BMC [Peck] 7; North 2050; Brown and Comber P7; MI 177/177), a breathtaking canon of Tudor portraiture and most enchanting image of the Elizabethan form, struck on coin alignment with a light ochre tone overlying quite brilliant fields, extremely fine, of the highest rarity with only two recorded in gold, a truly momentous occasion being the first appearance at public auction since October 1956 and a Gold pattern that has evaded even the finest Numismatic cabinets both past and present, in NGC 'Horace Hird' holder, graded MS61 (Cert. #6135299-051)

A Lost Parcel from the Celebrated Horace Hird Collection
The Right Hon. Capel Henry Berkeley Reynolds Moreton, 5th Earl of Ducie, Glendining, 5 October 1949, lot 28 - £135.0.0 [Baldwin for Hird]
Tortworth Court Estate, catalogued by W S Lincoln, 1883
Thomas Reynolds-Moreton, 1st Earl of Ducie († 1840), thence by descent
Arabella Bettesworth of East Hyde, Luton, gifted to her nephew, 1805
John Bettesworth, Chancellor of the Diocese of London, thence to his widow
Dr John Bettesworth, Dean of the Arches († 17 December 1751), thence to his son

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