Edward VI, Tudor King 1547-1553
London mint. Third period of 1551-1553, made of fine silver. The first-ever silver crown of 5 shillings, dated. The young king is depicted in full armor, crowned, and holding a long sword over his right shoulder, galloping on an armored (“richly caparisoned”) horse to right, with the date in bold digits under the horse. On reverse, a long cross fourchee over the royal shield. One of the great treasures of the Tyrant Collection.
Boldly struck and deeply detailed, on a broad flan with crisp legends and wide rims, the surfaces decidedly choice and graced with a splendid old-cabinet toning. Probably the finest known example.