Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603) Read about Elizabeth I

 

 

Hammered Gold Issue

 

WAu-6102:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Gold Half Angel.  Initial mark Latin Cross, fifth issue, 1580 – 1581.  All Elizabeth 1st gold coinage is rare but you see many more full angels compared to halves.  No mount marks or piercings.  This is Spink 2527 (without the E and rose above the ship), a single i.m. issue and the rarest of all the fifth issue gold coins; full, half or quarter.  Ex Seaby (1953) and sold with two of their tickets and one later ticket.  Rare.  £2,995

 

 

 

Milled Silver Issue

 

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-5689:  1563 Elizabeth 1st MILLED Silver Sixpence.  Large bust, decorated dress.  Produced on Eloye Mestrelle’s screw press powered by a horse-drawn mill.  Rarer date.  £195

 

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-5176:  Rare Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Shilling.  1559 – 1560.  This is the excessively rare 1st issue with no inner wire circle and bust 1B, which only occurs with this issue.  Better image here.  An extremely small issue due to sufficient coinage being in circulation from Edward VI and Philip & Mary.  Also, the re-coinage of 1560-61 resulted in a slowing of inflation thus less shillings were required in circulation.  On the rare occasions this issue is found, the coins are always worn and usually damaged – along similar lines to the P&M issues.  This coin is worn much less than the only other example I’ve ever seen and it is undamaged.  Ex Spink with their old ticket.  £850

 

WTH-5286:  Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Shilling.  Very good grade for issue.  Initial mark Martlet (1560-61).  A nice example.  £195

 

WTH-5996:  1602 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Shilling.  Initial mark 2 dating this coin to the very last Tudor shilling ever issued.  £119

 

 

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.  £185

 

WTH-5829:  1570  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Coronet.  Spink 2562.  £99

 

WTH-6329:  1573  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Ermine.  Spink 2562.  £99

 

WTH-5825:  1574  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  3rd & 4th issues, initial mark Eglantine.  Spink 2562.  £49

 

WTH-6370:  1592 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Hand. Spink 2578b.   1592 and initial mark Hand was a combination only in production at the mint between 26th March 1592 and 26th April 1592 thus it is 12 times rarer than the usual 1592 im Tun.  Ex Chris Comber collection and sold with his ticket.  Rare.  £245

 

WTH-6351:  1593 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Tun. Spink 2578b.   A better late date.  £85

 

WTH-5986:  1594 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Woolpack. Spink 2578b.   A better late date.  £95

 

WTH-6407:  1600 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark 0. Spink 2578b.   A rarer date that when it does turn up is invariably worn or damaged.  This is the best grade 1600 sixpence I have seen.  £395

 

WTH-6077:  1602 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Seventh issue, very last date for Elizabeth 1st but initial mark 1 for 1601.  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.  £85

 

 

Groats

 

WTH-5972:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Martlet, 1560 – 1561, second issue.  Rarer denomination as they were only ever struck during the very short 1st and 2nd issues (1559-60, 1560-61).  This one in excellent grade.  £285

 

 

Threepences

 

WTH-6330:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Pheon.  A rarer early date.  Spink 2565.  £125

 

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-5476:  1578 over 7 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Bust 4D, i.m. Greek cross.  Obverse clearly reads, “ELIZBETH”.  This is a single die error, being the first example I’ve seen outside of a reference book.  Spink 2573.  £115

 

 

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

 

 

Three Halfpence

 

WTH-6001:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence.  Initial mark Pheon, large flan.  A rarer pre 1570’s date with the benefit of a very early date indeed on top of being the very first date for the long-lived (5 years) Pheon initial mark.  A very nice coin on a slightly wavy flan but with excellent detail front and back.  £125

 

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-5741:  1573 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Halfpence.  Bust 3G, i.m. eglantine.  Ex Seaby (1959), ex Carlyon-Britton, ex Dr I.D. Brown collections.  £115

 

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

 

 

Pennies

 

WTH-5767:  1560-1 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Penny.  Initial mark Cross Crosslet.  Full flan, high grade.  Note the reverse die alteration – the O of London erased and moved to the left and the use of an inverted A for the V in CIVI.  A superb example of this small denomination Tudor coin.  £95

 

WTH-5968:  1560-1 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Penny.  Initial mark Martlet.  Full flan, high grade.  A superb, high grade example of this small denomination Tudor coin.  £115

 

 

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-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.  £345

 

WTH-6390:  Dated 1574 Elizabeth 1st / Mary Queen of Scots Counter in High Grade – Larger Variety.  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 SOIT MAL Y PENCE” 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.  Recorded in Medallic Illustration (M.I. 121/58).  ex Spink (1998 ticket) where is sold for £200.  Extraordinarily high grade.  £345