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Mestrelle’s Machine Pressed or “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.”

 

 

Sixpences

 

WTH-6892:  1562 Elizabeth 1st  Silver Sixpence – “Screw Press” Machine Made Issue.  Small bust, initial mark Lis, Spink 2594.  I recently saw a S.2594 with a £895 price ticket.  This one realistically priced at  £295

 

WTH-6848:  1568 Elizabeth 1st  Silver Sixpence – “Screw Press” Machine Made Issue.  Small bust, initial mark Lis, Spink 2599.  Think how many 1562 milled sixpences you see compared to 1568 and then look in the 2020 Spink price guide to be amazed.  £295

 

 

 

Threepences

 

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.  £525

 

 

 

Hammered Silver Issue

 

 

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.  £235

 

WTH-6974:  1567 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Coronet.  Spink 2562.  Although perhaps one of the commonest of all the Elizabeth initial marks, being in use for nearly four years, 1567 with Coronet is actually fairly rare combination as it wasn’t introduced until well into 1567, in fact July 1st.  1567 as a date represents a frequency of 6.6% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 4.8% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £115

 

WTH-6959:  1573  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Ermine.  Spink 2562.  Extra image here with a cheap camera phone due to the proper camera doing a woeful job!  1573 as a date represents a frequency of 4.6% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 5.3% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £95

 

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.  £115

 

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.  £245

 

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.  £155

 

WTH-6731:  1581 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Rarer date.  Initial mark Latin Cross, Spink 2572.  1581 as a date represents a frequency of 2.0% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 1.5% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £96

 

WTH-6975:  1582 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Initial mark Sword, fifth issue, Spink 2572.  This initial mark, Sword, is interesting as it was only in operation for six months and even that tiny period straddled two years.  1582 as a date represents a frequency of 4.0% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 4.0% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £75

 

WTH-6713:  1589 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Initial mark Crescent, sixth issue.  Spink 2578A.  1589 as a date represents a frequency of 0.5% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 0.5% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1589 is the seventh rarest of all forty two dates.  £135

 

WTH-6854:  1592 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Tun. Spink 2578b.   A better late date - Tun was in operation from May only for 1592.  1592 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.  £115

 

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.  £99

 

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.  £135

 

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.  £195

 

WTH-6947:  1597 **RAREST DATE** Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Key.  Spink 2578B.  1597 as a date represents a frequency of <0.04% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and <0.03% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1597 is the rarest of all forty two dates, bar none.  To put this into context, there is only a single 1597 sixpence recorded with PAS, even though they have nearly 3,000 sixpences recorded.  To put the rarity into further context, 1598, the year after this coin (another rare year – in fact the second rarest year in the entire series) has a total of x5 different dies recorded.  1588 has only a single die recorded.  Many people think 1588 (year of the armada) is the rarest date.  In fact, 1588 is only the 4th rarest date.  This coin is ex Walter Wilkinson (an outstanding researcher, a wonderful gentleman; one I was fortunate enough to have some correspondence with before his sad passing, and a man had over the years put together one of the finest known Elizabeth 1st coin collections), ex Mark Senior.  The ticket is also marked ex Shuttlewood but thanks to the research and considerable knowledge of Richard Mooney, this is somewhat spurious.  Shuttlewood was continually upgrading his collection right up to his death.  His 1597 sixpence (lot 420b) was not as good as this one (the lower half of the bust, and an equivalent area on the reverse, are rather flat struck) and it is thus inconceivable that the better Wilkinson coin passed through Shuttlewood’s hands.  See old tickets here.  This coin is in the top three of best known examples and I wouldn’t be surprised if Walter Wilkinson was being modest when he said that, such was the nature of the man.  I have seen two other 1597 coin in all the time I’ve been involved with coins (trust me; it’s been a long time!) – one was utterly horrible; the other barely a grade better but I was still extremely grateful to be allowed to buy it.  This coin is in a totally different league – I’m still finding it hard to accept that I have in my hands a coin of such great rarity but in such good grade!!  Richard Mooney also pointed out to me that the famous Alfred Bole collection of sixpences that DNW sold in 5 sales from 2010-11 didn’t contain a 1597 sixpence.  The Auctioneers' Note in the sale stated: “The Bole collection of sixpences is arguably the best and most complete that has ever been put together by a private collector. Rich in pieces of extreme rarity and replete with variants from every reign and period, it reflects what can still be achieved with single-minded determination and a wide circle of dealing contacts.”  I think that speaks volumes for just how rare the 1597 sixpence is!  An extremely important coin, not just for the reign of Elizabeth 1st but in Tudor coinage in general.  £1,250

 

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.   £295

 

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.  £115

 

 

 

Groats

 

WTH-6798:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Lis, rarer first issue, Spring 1560 to 8th November 1561 only.  Spink 2551A.  First issue hammered groats were only struck for approximately 6 months.  This is a really interesting and somewhat rare coin as both the obverse and reverse dies were literally the much smaller first issue halfgroat dies.  £245

 

WTH-6723:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Lis, rarer first issue, Spring 1560 to 8th November 1561 only.  Spink 2551.  First issue hammered groats were only struck for approximately 6 months.  £225

 

WTH-6572:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Martlet, second issue, 9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561.  Spink 2556.  Second issue 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.  £255

 

WTH-6594:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Martlet, second issue, 9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561.  Spink 2556.  Second issue 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.  £275

 

 

 

Threepences

 

WTH-6904:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Dated Threepence.  Third & fourth issues, Spink 2565.  Initial mark pheon – only in use from 26th October 1561 (to 30th Sept 1565) and is rarely seen on this denomination with this initial mark.  The very first dated threepence issued under Elizabeth 1st.  £165

 

WTH-6791:  1564 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Pheon / Broad Arrow.  Third and fourth issues, Spink 2565.  A rarer date.  £95

 

WTH-6920:  1565 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Rose – only in production for the very last three months of this year so a rare date / im combination (pheon is much more prolific for 1565).  Spink 2565.  Cheap at  £55

 

WTH-5797:  1567 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Coronet.  A rarer pre 1570’s date.  Spink 2566.  £155

 

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.  £155

 

WTH-6313:  1569 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Coronet.  A rarer pre 1570’s date.  Spink 2566.  £69

 

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.  £135

 

WTH-6669:  1573 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Acorn.  Third and fourth issues, Spink 2566.  Acorn was only used for 6 months in total (1st November 1573 - 25th May 1574) so this year and initial mark combination were only in operation for x2 months.  It is a rare initial mark but coupled with this date, it is rarer still.  £115

 

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

 

WTH-6680:  1575 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Eglantine.  Third and fourth issues, Spink 2566.  Very nice grade.  £119

 

WTH-6610:  1578 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Greek Cross - only in production for three short months: 1st Oct 1578 - 31st Dec 1578.  Spink 2573.  Lovely grade.  £129

 

WTH-6611:  1579 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Greek Cross.  Spink 2573.  Lovely grade.  £139

 

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.  The last ever date for three halfpence.  Much above average grade.  £185

 

WTH-6733:  1582 RARE Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver MULE Threepence.  Initial mark Latin Cross.  Latin Cross (or Long Cross) was in use 1st June 1580 to 31st December 1581.  This coin is clearly dated 1582 - the last ever date for Elizabeth 1st threepences.  I have NEVER seen this before.  Spink 2573.  Not a particularly pleasing coin on the eye but a great rarity none the less.  £89

 

 

 

Halfgroats

 

WTH-6331:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Initial mark Escallop, sixth issue, 1584-86.  Spink 2579.  £55

 

WTH-6359:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Initial mark 0, last of the sixth issue, 1st May 1600 – 20th May 1601.  Spink 2579.  £55

 

WTH-6704:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Initial mark 1, penultimate coinage of the seventh issue, 29th July 1601 – 14th May 1602.  Spink 2586.  Full flan, clear legends, and very nice grade.  The obverse is double struck on the bust.  £65

 

 

 

Three Halfpence

 

WTH-6970:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence. Initial mark Pheon –Spink 2569.  1561, although third and fourth issue, is the very first date ever for this rarer denomination.  £135

 

WTH-6643:  1573 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence – a very rare x2 month only issue.  Initial mark Acorn – commenced operation on 1st November 1573 so very late on in 1573.  Spink 2569.  An uncommon denomination with a very rare date / initial mark combination.  £185

 

WTH-6825:  1575 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence.  Initial mark eglantine.  Spink 2569.  A relatively high grade example of a dated, less common denomination Elizabeth 1st silver coin.  Reported to be part of an old hoard – I only managed to buy a couple of the coins, the other being a 1561 three halfpence which is now sold.  £185

 

 

 

Three Farthings

 

WTH-6790:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  An uncommon denomination, this being the first ever date for three farthings.  Dates for three farthings are usually in the 1570’s.  An interesting slipped or dropped 5 in the date.  Spink 2571.  Cheap.  £95

 

WTH-5706:  1562 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  Initial mark pheon, A very rare date for this denomination.  £245

 

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.  £175

 

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.  £285

 

WTH-5697:  1575 over 6 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  Initial mark eglantine, third and fourth coinage.  Rare over-date, all the rarer because there was no straight 1576 three farthings issued!  This coin was made from the straight 76 die that was prepared but never used.  Rarer denomination.  £285

 

 

 

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. £155