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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 Screw-Pressed sixpences, shillings, groats, threepences, halfgroats, threefarthings and the gold coinage.”

 

 

Sixpences

 

WTH-7299:  1562 Elizabeth 1st Fine Workmanship Machine-Pressed Silver Sixpence.  Eloye Mestrelle, a Frenchman, was brought in by the mint to produce “…exceedingly fine workmanship” coins using his screw-press method.  The power to “press” the coinage was derived from a horse drawn mill, which is why these coins are sometimes referred to as Mill Money.  85% of Mestrelle’s meagre experimental coins – the process was incredibly slow compared to the usual striking by hand so relatively few were issued overall – were sixpences dated 1562, leaving 15% of an already small pot for all the other Screw-Pressed sixpences, shillings, groats, threepences, halfgroats, threefarthings and the gold coinage.  Interestingly, Eloye Mestrelle was dismissed from the mint in 1572 and just six years later, he was executed (hanged) for counterfeiting.  Spink 2596.  Sold with an information slip and a cabinet ticket.  £285

 

WTH-7245:  1564 Elizabeth 1st Milled or Machine Screw-Pressed Silver Sixpence.  Eloye Mestrelle, a Frenchman, was brought in by the mint to produce “…exceedingly fine workmanship” coins using his screw-press method.  The power to “press” the coinage was derived from a horse drawn mill, which is why these coins are sometimes referred to as Mill Money.  85% of Mestrelle’s meagre experimental coins – the process was incredibly slow compared to the usual striking by hand so relatively few were issued overall – were sixpences dated 1562, leaving 15% of an already small pot for all the other Screw-Pressed sixpences, shillings, groats, threepences, halfgroats, threefarthings and the gold coinage.  Thus ANY other date is rare.  Interestingly, Eloye Mestrelle was dismissed from the mint in 1572 and just six years later, he was executed (hanged) for counterfeiting.  Spink 2598.  Iridescent toning, bent and flattened (these coins were so unusual and therefore suspect to the Elizabethan public that they often bit and bent them to test the silver content) with associated marks.  Sold with an information slip and a cabinet ticket.  £345

 

 

 

Hammered Silver Issue

 

Shillings

 

WMH-7324:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Shilling.  Sixth issue, initial mark Bell, 1st Feb 1583 – 29th Nov 1583 only.  Spink 2577.  A very short issue (less than a year).  Bust 6A, which is a single die bust compared to five recorded dies for the commoner bust 3B for i.m. Bell.  £345 RESERVED (M.He. 30-5-22 Lay-Away)

 

WTH-7388:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Shilling.  Initial mark Woolpack, 1594-96, sixth issue, bust 6b, Spink 2577.  A lovely grade example of a coin that is nearly always softly struck on the obverse.  All the shilling and below denominations were heavily circulated (and even the halfcrowns and crowns saw action) due to the growing economy of the time.  You’d struggle to find better.  £645 RESERVED (M.He. 30-5-22 Lay-Away)

 

WTH-7419:  Very Rare Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver FIRST ISSUE Shilling.  Wire inner circles only, bust 1B, initial mark Lis: 1st January 1559 to the Spring of 1560.  Spink 2548.  A great rarity in the series and one that when it des turn up, which is hardly ever, invariably has issues, or at the very least is much worn through a combination of a poor obverse die (ie insufficient definition / depth on the portrait) and much circulation.  Sold with an old information slip and a cabinet ticket.  Ex Cappozzolo collection.  £745 RESERVED (M.Ha. 13-6-22 Lay-Away)

 

 

 

Sixpences

 

WTH-7316:  1565 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Third and fourth issue, initial mark Pheon, 1F bust variety – Spink 2561.  Only five recorded dies.  1565 as a date represents a frequency of 3.8% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 2.5% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  £125

 

WTH-7406:  1569 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Third and fourth issues (although Wilkinson, Comber & Brown go further by designated this as Third Coinage only), initial mark Coronet.  Spink 2566.  Here we have another interesting feature – the 6 and the 9 of the date have corresponding broken circles and look identical to each other when rotated.  Further, 1569 threepences are identical.  I should caveat this by saying most 1569 sixpences and threepences have this feature as you never know for sure!  Sorry to disappoint, but the die sinker did not use the same 6 die to create the 9 in the date – both the 6 and 9 were similarly flawed.  However, what is interesting is the 69 part of the sixpence date has been stamped on this coin using the 69 die from the threepence – note the size difference!!  This would strongly imply that 15— sixpences were struck in 1568 (or maybe even further back?) where the penultimate two digits were purposefully omitted in order to be either stamped 68, if the 1568 die broke before the next year ticked over, or 1569 if the year did tick over.  This is a recorded practise for other years although I wasn’t aware of it for this year – Wilkinson, Comber & Brown did not acknowledge it.  An even more interesting coin.  £185 RESERVED (M.He 6-6-22 Lay-Away)

 

WTH-7368:  1582 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Initial mark Sword, fifth issue, Spink 2572.  Extra image here.  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.  £145

 

WTH-7089:  1584 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Initial mark A, sixth issue.  Spink 2578A. 1584 as a date represents a frequency of 1.2% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and 1.8% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1584 is the eighteenth rarest of all forty two dates.  £145

 

WTH-7408:  1586 over 5 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Escallop.  Spink 2578A.  1586 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.  1586 is the seventh rarest of all forty two dates.  A nice, clear overdate where the 1585 die was still going strong when the year ticked over thus they simply altered the final digit from 5 to 6.  An interesting thing of note here is as follows:  1585 (only the twentieth rarest date, so many more of these were struck than 1586 sixpences) had only a single die in use, and clearly that die outlived 1585, making it some sort of super-die in terms of longevity!!  In 1586, not only did they utilise this old super-die, they also used a straight 86 die as well.  I suspect that 1585/6 is a rarer animal than the straight 1586 sixpence.  Ex Spink.  A very rare date in the series and yet another interesting point of interest.  £225 RESERVED (M.He 6-6-22 Lay-Away)

 

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-7092:  1592 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Initial mark Tun, sixth issue.  Spink 2578B. 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.  £95

 

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-7319:  1596 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Key, Spink 2578B.  One of the rare years - 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.  A grand total of three recorded dies (one of which is 9/6, another being bereft of any initial mark whatsoever) illustrates just how rare a year this is.  Unusually for these rare later dates, this coin is actually very nice grade for issue.  £295

 

WTH-7174:  1602 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Seventh issue, initial mark 2 – the last ever date in the lengthy Elizabeth 1st sixpence series.  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.  Sold with an auction printout as well as a collector’s cabinet ticket.  £125

 

 

 

Groats

 

WTH-6798:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Lis, rarer first issue.  Spink 2551A.  These bust 1G first issue hammered groats were only struck for a very few months – Spring 1560 to 8th November 1560.  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.  Spink 2551A.  These bust 1G first issue hammered groats were only struck for a very few months – Spring 1560 to 8th November 1560.  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.  £225

 

WTH-6572:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Martlet, second issue, 9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561.  Spink 2556.  Second issue Martlet hammered groats were only struck for a total of 10 months (9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561) – the Martlet and Cross Crosslet were the last Groat 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 Martlet hammered groats were only struck for a total of 10 months (9th December 1560 to 24th October 1561) – the Martlet and Cross Crosslet were the last Groat issues even though Elizabeth reigned for a further 40+ years.  £275

 

WTH-6979:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Groat.  Initial mark Cross Crosslet, second issue, 1st December 1560 to 24th October 1561.  Spink 2556.  Old tickets here.  Second issue Cross Crosslet hammered groats were only struck for a total of 10 months (1st December 1560 to 24th October 1561) – the Martlet and Cross Crosslet were the last Groat issues even though Elizabeth reigned for a further 40+ years.  A very nice grade coin.  £275

 

 

 

Threepences

 

WTH-7300:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Rare Large Flan Hammered Silver Threepence.  Third and Fourth Issues of 1561-77, rose behind Queen, reverse dated.  Large 15mm flan (in fact, this one is nearer to 16mm), Spink 2564.  Creased and straightened, with some resultant cracking, as so many of these newly introduced issues were – the public were still on hightened alert for fakes after the numismatic escapades of Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, and her bother, Edward VI, although to be fair, the early issues of Edward VI, extremely debased as they were, had very little to do with the Edward.  It is unusual to see dated threepences for the 1560’s but they obviously do exist.  1561 was something of a prolific year for threepences BUT, this very first issue of 1561, in fact the very first Elizabeth 1st threepence issued), with it’s large flan, is represented by a single die only.  Brown, Comber & Wilkinson postulate that this large flan threepence was a two month trial period of experimentation.  The start date of production was 26th October 1561 and the end date – the date where they decided to change to the smaller flans, was December 1561 or early January 1562.  A rare and important coin.  £345 RESERVED (M.Ha.12-5-22 Lay-Away)

 

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-7312:  1563 over 2 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Third & fourth issues, initial mark Pheon, Spink 2565.  Just like the sixpence, 1563 is one of the rarest dates in the entire series.  There are only x2 dies recorded by Brown, Comber & Wilkinson (2006) for 1563 and further, only one of those is this overdate.  Ex Dupree (a well respected collection) and ex Capozollo.  A rare coin.  £245

 

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

 

WTH-7287:  1566 Rare Date Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Threepence.  Initial mark Portcullis.  Third and fourth issues, smaller flan, regular bust, Spink 2565.  Not so rare in sixpences but when you consider that there were only TWO 1566 threepence dies in use, with NO overdates (2006 data), it’s rare in threepences.  A general rule of thumb you may wish to note is that 1560’s Elizabeth 1st coins, bar sixpences, are rarer.  This date is an extremely rare year.  Excellent grade - much better in the hand than the images suggest, hence the extra cheap camera phone image I’ve included.  £265

 

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

 

WTH-7418:  1568 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence in Higher Grade.  Third and fourth issues (although Wilkinson, Comber & Brown go further by designated this as Third Coinage only), initial mark Coronet.  Spink 2566.  I’ve been asked several times about the odd looking 8 in 1568 coinage.  It looks for all it’s worth to be an 8 over 7, but in fact they are all straight 68 dates unless you can see the ghosting of the angled diagonal of the 7 under the 8.  The die sinkers simply gave the 8 a flat top.  This coin benefits from yet another unusual feather in that the bottom circle of the 8 is broken!  There is a rarer variety where the flat top of the 8 is on the bottom, ie an inverted 8 but interestingly, this coin is actually rarer than the inverted 8 3d types!  1568 threepences utilised only three dies – 68/7 (the 8 being inverted), 68 (the 8 being inverted), and a 1568 with “normal” flat topped 8, meaning the flat topped 8 1568 threepence is rarer by 2:1.  An interesting coin and much, much better grade than normally seen.  £225

 

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

 

WTH-7088:  1570 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Castle, third and fourth issues, Spink 2566. Ex Eccles collection.  £95

 

WTH-7377:  1571 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Third and fourth issues, initial mark Castle.  Spink 2566.  A very pleasing example.  £185

 

WTH-7417:  1572 (2 over inverted 2) Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Third and fourth issues (although Wilkinson, Comber & Brown go further by designated this as Third Coinage only), initial mark Ermine.  Spink 2566.  A really interesting die sinker’s error where the final 2 of the date was originally inverted or upside down.  Quality control picked up on this (ie someone happened to notice it!) and so rather than start a new die from scratch, they simply put a correctly orientated 2 over the top of the error.  This is a single die (you’ll be pleased to hear the mistake was not repeated!) and can be chronologically attributed to the very first issue of 1572, ie 19th April onwards.  £185

 

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-7301:  1575/4 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Third and fourth issue, initial mark Eglantine, ear showing.  Spink 2566.  A very nice grade coin but perhaps of more interest is the overdate: 1575/4.  Brown, Comber & Wilkinson published that only a single recorded 75/4 die was known in 2006.  In the intervening years, more examples have been unearthed resulting in x3 dies now being known and a miniscule 9 recorded examples of this overdate only.  For those interested, Eglantine spanned 29th May 1574 to 13th July 1578 so it is clear to see what happened – as the year turned to 1575, the 74 Eglantine dies were still good enough to use, thus initial mark Eglantine was able to remain and a simple date adjustment to the die (although if that’s all they had to do, you have to question the skill of the die sinker based on the result!) sufficed.  £175

 

WTH-7249:  1575 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Initial mark Eglantine, third & fourth issues, regular bust, Spink 2566.  This particular initial mark was relatively long-lived, being introduced 29th May 1574 and shelved 13th July 1578.  However, 1575 dated coins are represented by a single die only.  This is most surprising until we realise that there were actually plenty of 1575 dies sunk, but they were not used in 1575.  There is a 1575/4, which I only mention for context.  The bulk of the 1575 unused reverse dies were: 1576/5, 1577/5, 1577/6/5, 1578/7/5.  An unusually high grade example and a rare date / im combination.  Rare on both counts.  £235

 

WTH-7389:  1576/5 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Threepence.  Initial mark Eglantine, third & fourth issues.  Spink 2566.  A rarer year with only one straight 76 die and this modified 76 over 75 die according to Brown, Comber & Wilkinson.  £165

 

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-7378:  1579 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Threepence.  Fifth issue, initial mark Greek Cross.  Spink 2573.  Just the single die pairing being recorded by Comber, Wilkinson & Brown, although there was another pair prepared which were not used in 1579 but were overdated and used in 1580.  This coin is not far off being as struck, although the obverse strike quality could have been better.  £195

 

 

 

Halfgroats

 

WTH-7367:  Rare Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver FIRST ISSUE Halfgroat.  Initial mark Lis, 1559-60.  An extremely large flan (threepence size – 19mm), wire inner circle, no rose or date – Spink 2552.  Ex Mike Vosper from 20 years ago – you can just about make out the £250 price on his ticket.  Bought by Walter Wilkinson August 2002 (see all tickets here) where it resided until it was sold a couple of years back as the only example of this coin in his rather vast (and equally impressive) collection.  Even the great man himself gave this coin RRR rarity.   A very rare coin indeed.  £655 RESERVED (M.H.18-4-22)

 

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

 

WTH-7114:  1567-70 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Third & Fourth issue, Spink 2567.  Remarkably full flan and an impressive 0.93 grams.  I don’t actually recall seeing a halfgroat as good as this, at least not for awhile.  You often see high grade pennies, fractions and even threepences but the halfgroat invariably turns up looking very much the worse for wear.  £185

 

WTH-7313:  1584-86 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Sixth issue, initial mark Escallop, Spink 2579.  Collectors will be aware that of all the smaller denominations, the halfgroats suffered most in terms of clipping, wear and sometimes the quality of actual coinage leaving the mint.  Finding a really nice halfgroat is virtually impossible whereas pennies, and even the fractions, are relatively abundant.  £175

 

WTH-7359:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Sixth issue, initial mark 1 – 1601.  Spink 2586.  Extra image here (didn’t turn out that well).  Ex Dr E. Burstall collection.  Collectors will be aware that of all the smaller denominations, the halfgroats suffered most in terms of clipping, wear and sometimes the quality of actual coinage leaving the mint.  Finding a really nice halfgroat is virtually impossible whereas pennies, and even the fractions, are relatively abundant.  This coin is full flan with little signs of circulation.  £175 

 

WTH-7379:  1596-99 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Halfgroat.  Sixth issue, initial mark Key.  Spink 2579.  Three dies recorded but really, what a marvellous example of a halfgroat!  Collectors will be aware that of all the smaller denominations, the halfgroats suffered most in terms of clipping, wear and sometimes the quality of actual coinage leaving the mint.  Finding a really nice halfgroat is virtually impossible whereas pennies, and even the fractions, are relatively abundant.  This coin is full flan and actually doesn’t show much evidence of circulation.  £225 RESERVED (M.H.2-5-22 Lay-Away)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Pennies

 

WTH-7360:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Penny.  Third & fourth issue, initial mark Crescent, 1587-89.  Spink 2580.  Ex Dr E. Burstall collection.  £69

 

WTH-7380:  1583-85 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Penny.  Ex Walter Wilkinson, ex K.B.Coins. ex Mike Vosper – tickets here.  Initial mark A, sixth issue, Spink 2580.  A rarer ”R variety – see WW ticket.  £125

 

 

 

Three Farthings

 

WTH-7332:  1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Three Farthings.  The three farthings – a bizarre dated fractional denomination – started in 1561 and ended in 1582 (with just x15 dates used), never to see the numismatic light of day again.  Interestingly, the Elizabethan public would not have been as flabbergasted at the introduction of this odd coin as perhaps we are: Irish base coinage was circulating at this time in England at 25% face value and the earlier English base issue halfgroats were officially reduced in September 1560 as, wait for it… three farthings.  The public of the day were well aware of this required fractional calculation.  Only three different dies recorded for this date.  Initial mark Pheon, which didn’t even start production until the end of the year in 26th October 1561!!  This coin ex Dr Tony Abramson (he paid £85 in 1989), ex Leeds Museum Winter 1994/5 display and ex Spink, the latter having been tasked with dispersing the Abrahamson collection in 2021.  Tickets here.  Spink 2571.  A most interesting coin.  £265

 

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

 

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-7280:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Half Penny.  Initial mark Crescent, 1587-89.  Sixth issue, Spink 2581.  Full flan, excellent grade and ex Rogers collection with tickets.  £195

 

 

 

“Other”

 

WTH-7390:  Elizabeth 1st Queen Under Canopy Copper Jetton or Medalet.  Struck under the reign of King James 1st, 1610-15, by Hans Krauwinkel at Nuremberg.  All “monarch under canopy” jettons are rare.  Ex Porter (1994), ex Walter Wilkinson.  £145

 

WTH-7407:  1574 dated Elizabeth 1st  / Mary, Queen of Scots Jetton or Medalet.  Crowned lion rampant, left, in garter / Crowned French coat of arms between two crowned pillars, all within double cornucopia.  Medallic Illustrations 121(i)/58, Mitchiner 4595.  Medallic Illustrations state: “…cast, crude, badly executed and unintelligible.  It was issued probably by some ignorant partisan of Mary, Queen of Scots, for to her alone does the device seem to have any reference.”  There were an entire series of these things issued, all centred around London in the 1570’s, although this is the most impressive by far, and the only dated type.  Ex Walter Wilkinson, ex C.H. Comber, ex R.A. Shuttlewood, ex D.J. de S. Rogers collections.  All very famous numismatic names – and all wanting this humble offering in their impressive collections – so if provenance is important to you, this is perhaps for you.  £295 RESERVED (I.M.6-6-22 Lay-Away)