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Elizabeth I, half groat

Michael Young said this find turned up last year. It’s a hammered silver coin and Michael asked for more information, including a valuation.

The coin is a halfgroat of Elizabeth I. This is the only coin of Elizabeth I that has a mark to show its face value, in the shape of two pellets (standing for two pence) behind the queen’s head

The mint mark on both sides is 2, which dates this halfgroat to 1602. The mint mark isn’t rare but it is scarcer than several other marks that were placed on halfgroats of Elizabeth I.


Michael’s find is well and centrally struck on a round flan. It is in Fine condition so to a collector it shouldn’t be worth any less than £30.

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