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Elizabeth I threepence

Tom Burton sent in this hammered silver coin of Elizabeth I and asked for a valuation. However, he wasn’t sure of the denomination.

The coin has a rose behind the queen’s head and a date (1568) on the reverse. In the date the figure 8 has a flat top and this is often mistaken for 8 over 7. A flat top was standard for 1568 and a rounded top did not appear on coins until 1578.

Tom’s find could be a sixpence or a threepence but when I asked for the size he said it was 20mm in diameter. Therefore, it is a threepence piece.


There is a graze on the queen’s forehead but the coin is otherwise in Fine condition. The date isn’t scarce, so with the graze I’d price it no higher than £30.

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