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CNG 85, Lot: 1559. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

STUART. Anne. Queen consort, 1603-1619. AR Medal (28mm, 7.11 g, 12h). Coronation of Anne. Struck 1603/4. · ANNA · D’ · G’ · REGINA · MAG’ · BRIT’ · FR’ · ET · HIB’ ·/FILIA & SOROR REGV · D(AN)IÆ ·, bust facing slightly left, wearing jeweled headdress and elaborate collar / ASTVTIA · FALLAX ; TVTIOR · INNOCENTIA +, crowned coat-of-arms. MI 192/12; Eimer 81. Good VF, toned, a few scratches under tone. Very rare.

From a California Collection of British Historical Medals.

The second daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark, Anne married James VI of Scotland (later James I of England) in 1589 at the age of 14. Interested in political affairs while queen consort in Scotland, her concerns turned more toward social and artistic endeavors in England. She was the hostess for many masquerades as well as a patroness of arts, commissioning such artists as Paul von Somer, Isaac Oliver, and Daniel Mytens. Growing more distant from her husband later in life, she died at Hampton Court Palace at the age of 44, her son Prince Charles ever-present there during her illness.