House of Tudor

Elizabeth I Shillings
Elizabeth I Shillings (1558 - 1603 AD) The Virgin Queen
Elizabeth was the last of the House of Tudor to sit on the English throne. When she succeeded Mary, her half-sister, the country faced the external threat of the growing power of Spain and the internal threat of religious turmoil, with Henry VIII’s protestant reforms still partly in place despite Mary’s attempts to undo them. Elizabeth was imprisoned by Mary for supporting the Protestant cause, and on her accession she set about establishing a formal state Protestant church of which the monarch was automatically the ruler.

Elizabeth avoided foreign alliances and refused to marry, a fat which in her later years contributed to the mystique surrounding her as the ‘virgin queen’. Her reign saw England rise to prominence as the owner of a substantial spread of colonies to rival those of Spain, as well as being the age of a resurgence in the arts under luminaries such as Shakespeare and Marlowe.

Militarily, England was not a great power under Elizabeth, but the momentous victory over the Spanish fleet (the Armada) in 1588 has forever linked her name with English resistance to foreign invasion. In her later years, the queen’s health began to fail and she finally died in her chambers in 1604. Within hours, the royal council proclaimed King James VI of Scotland as king.

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Elizabeth I 'Hand 1590-92' Tower Mint Shilling 026202

Elizabeth I 'Hand 1590-92' Tower Mint Shilling
Silver, 5.84 grams, 31.61 mm. Sixth Issue; 1582-1584 AD. Obverse: profile bust with legend ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI with 'hand' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing legend POSVI DEV AD IVTORE M MEV with same mintmark. S.2577; N.2014. Fine/good fine.
£120.00

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Elizabeth I 'Hand 1590-92' Tower Mint Shilling 026202
Elizabeth I 'Martlet 1560-61' Tower Mint Shilling 017047

Elizabeth I 'Martlet 1560-61' Tower Mint Shilling
Silver, 4.48 grams, 29.82 mm. Second Issue; 1560-1561 AD. Obverse: profile bust with legend ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI with 'martlet' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing legend POSVI DEV AD IVTORE M MEV with same mintmark. S.2555. Good/fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Martlet 1560-61' Tower Mint Shilling 017047
Elizabeth I '0 1600' Tower Mint Shilling 025994

Elizabeth I '0 1600' Tower Mint Shilling
Silver, 5.93 grams, 32.00 mm. Sixth Issue; 1582-1584 AD. Obverse: profile bust with legend ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI with '0' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing legend POSVI DEV AD IVTORE M MEV with same mintmark. S.2577; N.2014. Fine.

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Elizabeth I '0 1600' Tower Mint Shilling 025994
Elizabeth I 'Hand 1590-92' Tower Mint Shilling 026571

Elizabeth I 'Hand 1590-92' Tower Mint Shilling
Silver, 5.69 grams; 31.58 mm. Sixth Issue; 1582-1584 AD. Obverse: profile bust with legend ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI with 'hand' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing legend POSVI DEV AD IVTORE M MEV with same mintmark. S.2577; N.2014. Very fine, small flan crack.

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Elizabeth I 'Hand 1590-92' Tower Mint Shilling 026571
Elizabeth I '1 Mintmark 1601' Tower Mint Shilling 009717

Elizabeth I '1 Mintmark 1601' Tower Mint Shilling
Silver, 6.00 grams; 30.30 mm. Seventh Issue; 1601 AD. Obverse: profile bust with legend ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI. With '1' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing legend POSVI DEV AD IVTORE M MEV with same mintmark. S. 2584; N. 2015. Fine-good fine.
£175.00

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Elizabeth I '1 Mintmark 1601' Tower Mint Shilling 009717
Elizabeth I 'Tower Mint' Shilling 026403

Elizabeth I 'Tower Mint' Shilling
Silver, 5.40 grams, 32.47 mm. 1582-1583 AD, sixth issue. Obverse: profile bust with ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI legend and 'bell' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend. S. 2577; N. 2014. Fine/very fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Tower Mint' Shilling 026403
Elizabeth I 'Woolpack' Tower Mint Shilling 017167

Elizabeth I 'Woolpack' Tower Mint Shilling
Silver, 5.83 grams, 31.56 mm. Sixth Issue; 1594-1596 AD. Obverse: profile bust with ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI legend with 'woolpack' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing POSVI DEV AD IVTORE M MEV legend with same mintmark. S. 2577; N. 2014. Good.

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Elizabeth I 'Woolpack' Tower Mint Shilling 017167


Hammered Coin Book and Other References:

S = Coins of England and the United Kingdom
N = English Hammered Coinage by J J North
SI = Sterling Imitations of Edwardian Type by M J Mayhew
WW = Wildwinds.com (reference & attribution site)



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