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1562 Elizabeth I Milled Sixpence Tall Bust Plain Dress

1562 Elizabeth I Milled Sixpence Tall Bust Plain Dress Obverse

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Elizabethan milled Sixpence dated 1562. Obverse: tall narrow bust of Elizabeth I with plain dress and elaborate crown, larger rose behind her head. Star mint mark. Legend reads: ‘ELIZABETH · D · G · ANG · FRA · ET · HIB · REGINA’. Toothed edge. Reverse: shield of royal arms, quartered by a long cross fourchée which divides the date (1562) and the legend which reads: ‘POSVI | DEVMAD | IVTORE | M · MEVM’. Mint mark: star. Elizabeth succeeded her sister, Mary I, as queen of England in 1558. Early in her reign, as part of a recoinage effort, Elizabeth’s mint retained the services of Eloy Mestrelle, formerly an employee of the Paris mint. He was authorised to install minting machinery at the Tower Mint in 1560. A new milled coinage was authorised the following year. Mestelle’s work was interrupted by the plague and the break down of his equipment. All the while, the production of hammered coinage increased. In 1672 the effort was abandoned due to costs. It would be nearly another century before his methods were adopted wholesale. This fascinating coin weighs 2.92 grams and has a diameter of 25.8 millimetres. Grade: VF - Light, attractive tone with colour, full flan and excellent details: all round Very Fine. S 2594.
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Obverse

Tall and narrow bust of Elizabeth I with plain dress and crown. Mint mark: star. Legend: 'ELIZABETH · D · G · ANG · FRA · ET · HIB · REGINA'.

Reverse

Long cross fourchee over shield of royal arms within beaded border. Mint mark: star. Legend: 'POSVI | DEVMAD | IVTORE | M · MEVM'.

Specification

Weight: 2.92 grams. Diameter: 25.8 millimetres.

Grade

VF - Light, attractive tone with colour, full flan and excellent details: all round Very Fine. 

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