House of Tudor

Elizabeth I Pennies
Elizabeth I Pennies etc (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 'Cross Crosslet 1560-1' Tower Mint Groat 025299

Elizabeth I 'Cross Crosslet 1560-1' Tower Mint Groat
Silver, 1.63 grams, 23.76 mm. Second Issue; 1560-1561 AD. Obverse: profile bust with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'cross crosslet' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms without date, POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2556. Fine.
£60.00

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Elizabeth I 'Cross Crosslet 1560-1' Tower Mint Groat 025299
Elizabeth I 'Greek Cross 1578' Tower Mint Threepence 022846

Elizabeth I 'Greek Cross 1578' Tower Mint Threepence
Silver, 1.24 grams, 18.74 mm. Fifth Issue; dated 1578 AD. Obverse: taller bust, ear shows with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'Greek cross' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-78 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2573. Fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Greek Cross 1578' Tower Mint Threepence 022846
Elizabeth I 'Coronet 1567' Tower Mint Threepence 009735

Elizabeth I 'Coronet 1567' Tower Mint Threepence
Silver, 1.54 grams, 19.21 mm. Third and Fourth Issue; dated 1567 AD. Obverse: taller bust facing left with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'coronet' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-67 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2566. Fine.
£40.00

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Elizabeth I 'Coronet 1567' Tower Mint Threepence 009735
Elizabeth I 'Tun 1592-95' Tower Mint Halfgroat 022989

Elizabeth I 'Tun 1592-95' Tower Mint Halfgroat
Silver, 0.94 grams, 18.07 mm. Sixth Issue; 1592-1595 AD. Obverse: profile bust with two pellets behind and E D G ROSA SINE SPINA legend and 'tun' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms dividing CIVITAS LONDON legend and same mintmark. S. 2579; N. 2016. Fine/good fine.
£40.00

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Elizabeth I 'Tun 1592-95' Tower Mint Halfgroat 022989
Elizabeth I 'A 1582-84' Tower Mint Halfpenny 020282

Elizabeth I 'A 1582-84' Tower Mint Halfpenny
Silver, 0.26 grams, 9.94 mm. Sixth issue; 1582-84 AD. Obverse: portcullis with 'A' mintmark over. Reverse: long cross with three pellets in angles. S. 2581; N. 2018. Good very fine.
£120.00

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Elizabeth I 'A 1582-84' Tower Mint Halfpenny 020282
Elizabeth I 'Crescent 1587-89' Tower Mint Halfpenny 023921

Elizabeth I 'Crescent 1587-89' Tower Mint Halfpenny
Silver, 0.24 grams, 10.97 mm. Sixth issue; 1587-89 AD. Obverse: portcullis with 'crescent' mintmark over. Reverse: long cross with three pellets in angles. S. 2581; N. 2018. Good fine. /div>
£60.00

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Elizabeth I 'Crescent 1587-89' Tower Mint Halfpenny 023921
Elizabeth I 'A 1582-84' Tower Mint Halfpenny 023924

Elizabeth I 'A 1582-84' Tower Mint Halfpenny
Silver, 0.19 grams, 10.61 mm. Sixth issue; 1582-84 AD. Obverse: portcullis with 'A' mintmark over. Reverse: long cross with three pellets in angles. S. 2581; N. 2018. Good very fine.

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Elizabeth I 'A 1582-84' Tower Mint Halfpenny 023924
Elizabeth I 'Sword 1582' Tower Mint Threepence 023920

Elizabeth I 'Sword 1582' Tower Mint Threepence
Silver, 1.49 grams, 18.55 mm. Fifth Issue; dated 1582 AD. Obverse: taller bust, ear shows with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'sword' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-82 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2573. Fine-good fine.
£70.00

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Elizabeth I 'Sword 1582' Tower Mint Threepence 023920
Elizabeth I 'Tower Mint' Penny 022518

Elizabeth I 'Tower Mint' Penny
Silver, 0.48 grams, 14.01 mm. 1560-1561 AD, Second Issue. Obverse: profile bust with E D G ROSA SINE SPINA legend wiith 'cross crosslet' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms dividing CIVI TAS LON DON for London mint. S. 2558; N. 1988. Very fine.
£110.00

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Elizabeth I 'Tower Mint' Penny 022518
Elizabeth I 'Portcullis' Tower Mint Halfpenny 022976

Elizabeth I 'Portcullis' Tower Mint Halfpenny
Silver, 0.26 grams, 10.61 mm. Sixth issue; 1592-1595 AD. Obverse: portcullis with no mintmark over. Reverse: long cross with three pellets in angles. S. 2581; N. 2018. Extremely fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Portcullis' Tower Mint Halfpenny 022976
Elizabeth I 'Bell' Tower Mint Halfgroat 022258

Elizabeth I 'Bell' Tower Mint Halfgroat
Silver, 0.95 grams, 16.24 mm. Sixth issue, 1594-1596 AD. Obverse: profile bust with two pellets behind and E D G ROSA SINE SPINA legend and 'Bell' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms dividing CIVITAS LONDON legend and same mintmark. S. 2579; N. 2016. Very fine.
£60.00

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Elizabeth I 'Bell' Tower Mint Halfgroat 022258
Elizabeth I 'Martlet' Tower Mint Groat 019171

Elizabeth I 'Martlet' Tower Mint Groat
Silver, 2.07 grams, 22.87 mm. Second Issue; 1560-1561 AD. Obverse: profile bust with ELIZABETH D G AN FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'martlet' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2556; N. 1986. Very fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Martlet' Tower Mint Groat 019171
Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross' Tower Mint Penny 015201

Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross' Tower Mint Penny
Silver, 0.39 grams, 14.61 mm. Fifth Issue; 1580-1581 AD. Obverse: crowned profile bust left with legend E D G ROSA SINE SPINA and 'Latin Cross' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over shield of arms dividing legend CIVI TAS LON DON with same mintmark for the Tower mint at London. S. 2575; N. 2001. Fine and better.
£45.00

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Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross' Tower Mint Penny 015201


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
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