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Elizabethan gold pound or sovereign

Description

An Elizabethan gold pound or (fine) sovereign; 1594-96; Mint mark - a wool sack. According to 1937 Birthplace Catalogue, the pound was money of account in England, derived from the Roman liber. The coin that has alwayys been understood by this name in modern history is the Sovereign, first struck in 1489 under Henry VII and valued at 20 shillings, being equivalent to the Double-Ryal or Noble.

  • Object number

    STRST : SBT 2003-4/1

  • Date

    1594-1596

  • Technique

    struck

  • Material

    metal gold

  • Location

    see Events

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust