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Threepence of Elizabeth I

The finder of this coin, Bill Wiggins, said he considered some of the denominations struck for Elizabeth I to be rather confusing. Many other detectorists have the same problem and I’m pretty certain some contemporaries of Elizabeth I also found them confusing.

The coin pictured here measures 19mm in diameter so it must be a threepence piece of Elizabeth I. It is dated 1579 on the reverse and has a Greek cross as the mint mark on both sides.


The obverse would grade good Fine but it has been struck off centre. There is a small weak area on the reverse but this side is otherwise in VF condition. Neither the date nor the denomination is scarce but the overall condition is better than most examples that come out of the soil, so my price range would be £70 to £90.

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