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Elizabeth I Sixpence

Most of the hammered silver coins of Elizabeth I are fairly common as detecting finds. Sixpences, threepences and halfgroats turn up the most frequently but the majority are very worn from long circulation and/or damaged through the actions of farming machinery.

Featured here is an Elizabeth I sixpence, which Stephen Palmer described as a recent find. It is dated 1573 on the reverse and has mint mark acorn on both sides.


The legend on the obverse is strong and VF but the imagery within the inner circle is a bit weak and there are two marks behind the queen’s ear.

Stephen’s find is in well above average condition. Had the obverse been as good as the reverse then the retail price wouldn’t have been less than £200. However, with the weakness and the marks the price would be nearer £80.

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