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Mestrelle’s “Milled” Silver Issue

 

“85% of Mestrelle’s meagre experimental machine-made coins were sixpences dated 1562. 

This leaves 15% for all the other dated sixpences, shillings, groats, threepences, halfgroats, threefarthings and the gold coinage.” (see Baldwin auction catalogue 13, Nov 2017)

 

Threepences

 

WTH-5759:  1562 Elizabeth 1st Milled Silver THREE Pence.  Milled or machine made.  Much rarer than the milled sixpences.  Sold with an old Spink ticket priced at just below my asking price.  £525

 

WTH-5295:  1564 Elizabeth 1st Milled Silver THREE Pence.  All milled or machine made Elizabeth 1st Threepence coins are rare but this last date, 1564, is extremely rare.  The reverse is different to preceding issues / dates in that there is a cross pattee over the shield.  The week areas look to be as a result of old creases (Tudor people biting the coin to see if it was genuine) and an indifferent press.  A very rare coin.  £495

 

 

Sixpences

 

WTH-6503:  1567 Elizabeth 1st MILLED Silver Sixpence.  Small bust, initial mark Lis.  Produced on Eloye Mestrelle’s screw press powered by a horse-drawn mill.  Engraved SF in reverse field.  Rarer date.  £295

 

WTH-6052:  1568 Elizabeth 1st MILLED Silver Sixpence.  Small bust, decorated dress.  Sold with two old tickets (see here).  Produced on Eloye Mestrelle’s screw press powered by a horse-drawn mill.  Rarer date.  £335

 

 

 

Hammered Silver Issue

 

Shillings

 

WTH-6553: 1592-95 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Shilling.  Sixth issue, initial mark Tun, bust 6B.  Spink 2577.  Very nice grade.  £255

 

 

 

Sixpences

 

WTH-5849:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  The first ever dated sixpence under Elizabeth 1st.  Small bust type 1F, nice grade.  Spink 2560.  Key coin in series.  1561 as a date represents a frequency of 6.9% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 5.6% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £185

 

WTH-6576: 1564 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Date of Shakespeare’s birth.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Pheon.  Very nice grade.  Spink 2561.  1564 as a date represents a frequency of 2.2% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 1.8% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £235

 

WTH-6461:  1566 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Lion.  Very nice grade.  Spink 2562.  1566 as a date represents a frequency of 4.1% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 4.0% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £145

 

WTH-6608:  1574  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Eglantine.  Spink 2563.  1574 as a date represents a frequency of 4.1% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 4.2% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £98

 

WTH-6577:  1576 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Eglantine.  Very nice grade.  Spink 2563.  1576 as a date represents a frequency of 0.8% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 1.0% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1576 is the sixteenth rarest of all forty two dates.  £235

 

WTH-6555:  1580 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Initial mark Latin Cross, fifth issue.  Very nice grade.  Spink 2572.  1580 as a date represents a frequency of 3.7% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 4.1% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  As a mintmark / date combination, this is a rare coin, being only minted up to 17th May 1580.  £135

 

WTH-6351:  1593 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Tun. Spink 2578b.   A better late date.  1593 as a date represents a frequency of 2.5% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 2.4% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £85

 

WTH-5986:  1594 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Woolpack. Spink 2578b.   A better late date.  1594 as a date represents a frequency of 2.6% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 2.6% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £95

 

WTH-6556:  1595 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Rare date.  Initial mark Woolpack, sixth issue, very nice grade.  Spink 2578B.  1595 as a date represents a frequency of 1.0% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 1.1% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1595 is the thirteenth rarest of all forty two dates.  £185

 

WTH-6557:  1596 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Rare date.  Initial mark Key, sixth issue, very nice grade.  Spink 2578B.  1596 as a date represents a frequency of 0.7% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 1.0% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1596 is the eleventh rarest of all forty two dates.  £185

 

WTH-6524:  1599 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Anchor. Spink 2578b.   A very rare date.  1599 as a date represents a frequency of 0.2% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 0.1% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1599 is the third rarest of all forty two dates.   £289

 

WTH-6077:  1602 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Seventh issue, very last date for Elizabeth 1st but initial mark 1 for 1601. This date with this initial mark was in production from 29th July 1601 – 14th May 1602.   This coin originates from the famous Bedale Hoard of North Yorkshire, discovered in 2009, deposited  during the early part of the Civil War in the early 1640's.  There were 689 coins within x2 containers.  Two of the coins, catalogue numbers 1 and 689, were acquired by the British Museum, the remainder were disclaimed and returned to the finder.  The makeup of the hoard is as follows:  Edward VI: 1 shilling and 3 sixpences, Mary I: 1 shilling, Elizabeth I: 59 shillings and 319 sixpences, James I: 2 half-crowns, 60 shillings and 40 sixpences, Charles I: 17 half-crowns, 127 shillings and 56 sixpences, Scottish coins of James I and Charles I: 1 30-shillings Scots and 2 12-shillings Scots, Foreign coins: 1 half-ducaton of Philip IV, Spanish Netherlands.  A rare date coin from the very end of the Tudor reign and benefiting from being part of a famous Hoard.  Spink 2585.  1602 as a date represents a frequency of 1.9% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 2.1% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £85

 

 

 

Groats

 

WTH-6572:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Martlet, second issue, 9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561.  Spink 2556.  Hammered groats were only struck for a total of 18 months (Spring of 1560 to October 1561) – the Martlet and Cross Crosslet were the last issues even though Elizabeth reigned for a further 40+ years.  £225

 

WTH-6594:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Martlet, second issue, 9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561.  Spink 2556.  Hammered groats were only struck for a total of 18 months (Spring of 1560 to October 1561) – the Martlet and Cross Crosslet were the last issues even though Elizabeth reigned for a further 40+ years.  £245

 

 

 

Threepences

 

WTH-5797:  1567 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Coronet.  A rarer pre 1570’s date.  Spink 2566.  £125

 

WTH-5915:  1568 over ? Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Coronet.  A rarer pre 1570’s date.  This one is an over date which you would assume to be 8/7 but on closer examination, there appears to be a rounded feature to the top right of the 8.  A very nice grade coin with a slight double strike on the obverse.  Spink 2566.  £125

 

WTH-6313:  1569 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Coronet.  A rarer pre 1570’s date.  Spink 2566.  £59

 

WTH-6385:  1572/5 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Ermine.  The 2 of the date looks to be over a 5 and then over a C!!  The 7 looks to have been scored through – one of the most unusual overdates I’ve seen.  Third and fourth issues, Spink 2566.  £115

 

WTH-6649:  1574 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Eglantine.  Third and fourth issues, Spink 2566.  Very nice grade.  £139

 

WTH-6610:  1578 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Greek Cross.  Spink 2573.  Lovely grade.  £129

 

WTH-6611:  1579 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Greek Cross.  Spink 2573.  Lovely grade.  £129

 

WTH-6609:  1581 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Latin Cross.  Spink 2573.  Lovely grade.  £98

 

WTH-6621:  1582 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Sword.  Spink 2573.  Much above average grade.  £175

 

 

 

Halfgroats

 

WTH-6331:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Initial mark Escallop, sixth issue, 1584-86.  Spink 2579.  £42

 

WTH-6359:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Initial mark 0, last of the sixth issue, 1st May 1600 – 20th May 1601.  Spink 2579.  £49

 

WTH-6573:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Initial mark 2, last of the seventh issue, 15th May 1602 – 20th May 1603.  Spink 2586.  A lovely coin, being full flan, clear legends, and very nice grade.  Interestingly, initial mark 2 coins continued to be struck two months after Elizabeth’s death so technically, ignoring the transition and the fact James was actually king of Scotland, this coin could have been struck during James 1st’s reign.  £145

 

 

 

Three Halfpence

 

WTH-6569:  1562 over 1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence.  Initial mark pheon.  Spink 2569.  Nice grade and with the added bonus of the very clear overdate.  £165

 

WTH-5578:  1564 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence.  Bust 3G, i.m. pheon.  This is the sought-after “Shakespeare” date of 1564.  Uncommon denomination and relatively inexpensive.  £85

 

WTH-6643:  1573 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence – a very rare x2 month only issue.  Initial mark Acorn – in operation 1st November 1573 to 31st December 1573 only.  Spink 2569.  An uncommon denomination with a very rare date / initial mark combination.  £165

 

WTH-5905:  1575 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence.  Initial mark eglantine.  A nice example of a dated, less common denomination Elizabeth 1st silver coin.  £98

 

 

 

Three Farthings

 

WTH-6132:  1561 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  A very rare date for this denomination, being the first ever used for a three farthings.  £165

 

WTH-5706:  1562 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  Initial mark pheon, A very rare date for this denomination.  £195

 

WTH-6646:  1573 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings – a very rare x2 month only issue.  Initial mark Acorn – in operation 1st November 1573 to 31st December 1573 only.  Spink 2571.  An uncommon denomination with a very rare date / initial mark combination.  £95

 

WTH-6028:  1574 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  Initial mark Eglantine, third and fourth coinage.  An interesting coin as the 4 of the date cuts over the 7.  Rarer denomination.  £145

 

WTH-5576:  1575 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  Initial mark eglantine, third and fourth coinage.  Bust 5B.  Excellent pedigree coin, nice grade and the rarer denomination.  £245

 

WTH-5697:  1575 over 6 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  Initial mark eglantine, third and fourth coinage.  Rare over-date (a “going back in time” over-date!!), rarer denomination.  £225

 

 

Halfpennies

 

WTH-5811:  Elizabeth I PORTCULLIS Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  A very large and clear initial mark “2” signifying 1602 which was the very last date before the Queen died.  Very good grade and a rarer denomination. £125

 

 

 

“Other”

 

WTH-5777:  1574 Elizabeth 1st / Mary Queen of Scots Counter in High Grade.  From a series of such counters or tickets, all of which originated in London.  Lead-alloy and extremely well preserved in both metal and grade.  This is a crude, contemporary device proclaiming support for Mary, Queen of Scots.  During 1574, Mary was effectively under house arrest as she was considered a threat to the English throne.  In 1571 there was actually a plot to replace Elizabeth with Mary (Ridolfi plot) by the Duke of Norfolk and Spanish troops.  This failed and Norfolk was executed.  Immediately afterwards, there was a bill to bar Mary from the English throne.  Interestingly, Elizabeth refused to give Royal ascent to the bill.  The obverse has the legend, “HONI SON MAL Y PENS” which is a crude interpretation of HONI SOIT Q MAL PEN, meaning “Shamed Be He Who Thinks Evil Of It”.  The Order of the Garter was a title that Mary could only achieve if she were the sovereign of England so again, a useful device for Mary’s partisan die sinker.  Used very specifically in the City of London only (they have only ever been found there) and due to the affiliation, unlikely to have been prolific.  Crude workmanship yet somehow, all the more charming and evocative because of that.  Recorded in Medallic Illustration (M.I. 121/60).  Reported to be ex Roach Smith collection (see M.I.).  Extraordinarily high grade. (E)  £345