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1577/1578 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Sixpence MM Greek Cross

1577/1578 Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Sixpence MM Greek Cross Obverse

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A hammered silver Sixpence of Queen Elizabeth the First with a Greek Cross mint mark, dated 1578 with 8 over 7. From the Queen’s fifth issue of coinage. The obverse features a 5a crowned bust of Elizabeth I, facing left with a Tudor rose behind inside a beaded circle. The reverse shows a long cross fourchee, quartering a shield of arms with the date above. The arms feature English lions and French fleur-de-lis, symbolising Elizabeth’s claim to the French throne. Her successor, James I would add symbols of Scotland and Ireland. A collectible Elizabethan piece with an interesting date and mintmark. Spink 2572.
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5th Issue, crowned bust 5A of Elizabeth I facing left, with rose behind. Legend reads 'ELIZABETH . D . G ; ANG · FR ; ET : HI . REGINA'. Mint mark: Greek Cross.


Square toped shield of royal arms, quartered by a fourchee long cross. Date above: 1578 with 7 over 8. Legend: 'POSVI DEV : ADVIVTORE M  · MEV :'. Mint mark: Greek Cross.


GF - Dark tone, a little grainy under magnification and a few minor scratches with good bust details: around Good Fine.


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