House of Tudor

Elizabeth I Sixpences
Elizabeth I Sixpences (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 'Pheon 1561' Tower Mint Sixpence 021421

Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1561' Tower Mint Sixpence
Silver, 2.79 grams, 28.39 mm. Third and Fourth Issue; dated 1561 AD. Obverse: profile bust with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'pheon' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-61 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2560. Fine.
£65.00

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Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1561' Tower Mint Sixpence 021421
Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1564' Tower Mint Sixpence 021385

Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1564' Tower Mint Sixpence
Silver, 2.63 grams, 25.93 mm. Third and Fourth Issue; dated 1564 AD. Obverse: profile bust with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'pheon' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-64 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2560. Fine.
£60.00

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Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1564' Tower Mint Sixpence 021385
Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1565' Tower Mint Sixpence 024477

Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1564' Tower Mint Sixpence
Silver, 2.63 grams, 25.93 mm. Third and Fourth Issue; dated 1564 AD. Obverse: profile bust with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'pheon' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-64 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2562. Fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Pheon 1565' Tower Mint Sixpence 024477
Elizabeth I 'Ermine 1572' Tower Mint Sixpence 022989B

Elizabeth I 'Ermine 1572' Tower Mint Sixpence
Silver, 2.67 grams, 25.14 mm. Third and Fourth Issue; dated 1572 AD. Obverse: profile bust with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'ermine' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-72 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2562. Fine.
£60.00

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Elizabeth I 'Ermine 1572' Tower Mint Sixpence 022989B
Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross 1581' Tower Mint Sixpence 020654

Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross 1581' Tower Mint Sixpence
Silver, 2.52 grams, 25.45 mm. Fifth Issue; dated 1581 AD. Obverse: profile bust left with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'Latin cross' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-81 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2572. Near fine.

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Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross 1581' Tower Mint Sixpence 020654
Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross 1582' Tower Mint Sixpence 022851

Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross 1582' Tower Mint Sixpence
Silver, 2.69 grams, 24.88 mm. Fifth Issue; dated 1582 AD. Obverse: profile bust left with rose behind and ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HI REGINA legend and 'Latin cross' mintmark. Reverse: long cross over arms with date 15-82 above and dividing POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV legend and same mintmark. S. 2572. Fine.
£60.00

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Elizabeth I 'Latin Cross 1582' Tower Mint Sixpence 022851
Elizabeth I 'Cross Crosslet 1560-1' Tower Mint Groat 022628

Elizabeth I 'Cross Crosslet 1560-1' Tower Mint Groat
Silver, 2.03 grams, 24.02 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. Good very fine.
£425.00

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Elizabeth I 'Cross Crosslet 1560-1' Tower Mint Groat 022628


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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