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1560-1561 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Groat MM Martlet

1560-1561 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Groat MM Martlet Obverse

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£199.00
An attractive hammered silver Groat of Queen Elizabeth the First with a Martlet mint mark, indicating that this coin was struck in the year 1560 or 1561 at the Tower mint in London. Martlets are a mythological bird that never roosts. The obverse features a crowned bust of Elizabeth I, facing left, from her second issue coinage. The reverse shows the fourchee long cross, quartering a shield of arms. Elizabeth’s coinage is very popular with collectors due to the large number of denominations, issues and mint marks over certain dates. This coin would make a good addition to such a collection. Spink 2556.
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Obverse

2nd issue. Crowned and robed bust of Queen Elizabeth I, facing right. Legend reads 'ELIZABETH · D . G . ANG : FR . ET · HI : REGINA'. Mint mark: Martlet.

Reverse

Long cross Fourchee over square toped shield of royal arms. Legend: 'POSVI DEV . ADIVTOREM : MEV :'. Mint mark: Martlet.

Grade

VF - A bright and polished look on a full flan with excellent legend, bust and shield details. Scratch behind obverse head and excess metal on 'A'. Otherwise Very Fine.

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