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Elizabeth I sixpence

Martin Depear asked if I could let him have a full ID and valuation on this Elizabethan coin, which is a recent detecting find.

From the size I was given (25mm) this find must be a hammered coinage sixpence. On both sides it has mint mark coronet and above the shield on the reverse it is dated 1567. The three most common dates for Elizabeth I sixpences are 1567, 1568 and 1569. In 1567 two mint marks were used: lion and crown; the former is scarce whilst the latter is common.


The legends are nice and clear on Martin’s find and overall it would grade good Fine. Unfortunately, on the obverse there is a defect on and over the eye of Queen Elizabeth, which detracts from the appearance of this side. With the defect my highest price range for a sale to a collector would be £50 – £60.

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