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Plus Ultra / Golden Fleece

Charles V, King of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor, 1515-1556. Naples Cinquina.
Obv.: Pillars of Hercules, inscription PLVS VLTRA ("On Beyond"), emblematic of Spain's New World Conquests. Rev.: Golden Fleece, inscription R. ARAGO. VTRIV (="King of Both Aragons," Spanish as well as Italian). The same pillars could symbolize saintly as well as imperial aspiring; with an early depiction of Charles I's coffin compare William Faithorne's "Embleme" of Cromwell.

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