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Elizabeth I bronze medal - Defence of the Kingdom

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United Kingdom 1572

Charming bronze Elizabeth I medalette symbolizing the fortification of her kingdom both physically and spiritually. Circa 1572. Obverse: Bust of Elizabeth I facing left, crowned, hair long, wearing a small ruff and a rich dress; between portcullis and rose. Legend: QVID . NOS . SINE . TE. (What are we without thee.) Stops, fleurs-de-lis. Reverse: A castle on a mount, between E. R. Below, a sphere with scroll inscribed, O QVANTO (inscription obliterated by time on this particular medal). Legend: QVID . HOC . SINE . ARMIS. (What is this without arms.) Stops, fleurs-de-lis. See "Medallic Illustrations" vol.I, p.120/57.

0.9 inches (22.9 mm) diameter
Very Fine. The inscription on the scroll across the sphere on the reverse of the medal has been obliterated by time, with the exception of the last letter

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