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PCI2010 Group 10 Your Specials FINAL Voting

PCI2010 Group 10 Your Specials FINAL Voting  

19 members have voted

  1. 1. Pick the Group 10 Winner

    • 1862 Portugal 5000 Reis Ex. Eliasberg
      4
    • Scottish Coronation Medal by Nicholas Briot
      15


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Hussulo's 1862 Portugal 5000 Reis Ex. Eliasberg NGC AU55

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I was inspired to start collecting World gold coins after looking through Eliasbergs World gold sale catalogue by Stack's. ELIASBERGCOVER.JPG

Eliasberg amassed a lot of his coins by buying complete collections but the reason why the coin below is special to me is because he personally chose and handled it during his trip to Spain in 1971.

 

Lot No. 679 1862 Portugal 5000R. Purchased on Louis Eliasberg's trip to Spain 1971.

 

Saor Alba's Scottish Coronation Medal by Nicholas Briot, handed out by King Charles I in 1633

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A fascinating memento from Scottish and British history, this AR medal by Nicholas Briot was struck in 1633 to commemorate Charles I's very belated Scottish coronation that year. His coronation should have been much earlier, he ascended the throne in 1625, but he carelessly delayed said coronation until finally giving into demands that it be done in 1633. His introduction of Anglican liturgy into the coronation ceremony did little to endear him to his Scottish subjects, and things went decidedly sour thereafter. On his return trip to London his baggage including many crown jewels were lost in the Firth of Forth, just off of Burntisland. Subsequently alleged witches were brought to trial in London, on charges of causing the shipwreck. Things went down for Charles I from there on, both in Scotland and in England.

 

This lovely medal, with a lifelike portrait of the monarch, was commissioned to Nicholas Briot, a famous and skilled coiner. This medal was struck in a screw press, and is actually much better detailed as a result. One of these medals was struck piedfort in gold, which was presented to the King, he kept it as a pocket piece until his death in 1649. The silver examples like this one were thrown by the king to the crowds at the coronation ceremony.

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I'm shocked by this landslide.

 

I'm not. :ninja:

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The WINNER of Group 10 - Your Specials is:

 

Saor Alba's Scottish Coronation Medal by Nicholas Briot, handed out by King Charles I in 1633

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Congratulations to Saor on a great coin and a fine selection for this category.

 

Thanks to all who entered and voted. You're really helping to make PCI2010 a great contest.

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