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Threepence of Elizabeth I

The coin featured here is the first of two that were unearthed very recently by Roger Paul. Like many other detectorists, Roger has benefited from the recent rain that softened up the ground after a long dry spell.

The coin is a threepence of Elizabeth I, which has mint mark pheon on both sides and is dated 1561 about the shield on the reverse. In having inner circles measuring 15mm in diameter, it is a scarce variety (number 2564 in the Standard Catalogue).


The obverse would grade Fine, the reverse good Fine so it is above average for a detecting find. The variety is scarce but the catalogue figure of £50 in Fine condition is a bit optimistic, so I’d price Roger’s example no higher than £45.

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