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Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence Small Lion Mint Mark 1566

Denomination: Silver sixpence

Period: Tudor

Date: 1566

Origin: London mint

Condition: Fine+, buckled with flan crack, stable

Obverse: Crowned bust (intermediate bust 4B), left, rose behind head, lion initial mark, ELIZABETH:D:G:ANG:FR:ET:HI:REGINA 

Reverse: Lion initial mark, long cross over flat-topped shield of arms, date, POSVI DEV.'AD IVTORE M'MEV.'

Size and Weight: 3.g, 25mm

References: Sear 2562

Features and Provenance: Romantically, some coins were given as love tokens, found bent in half and later straightened. They often fall in half, on straightening, as the silver becomes brittle with age, but if this was the course of this coin, it has survived to tell its tale. At the time this coin was struck, Elizabeth had been on the throne for eight years and was now 33 years old. A delegation of 60 Lords and commoners met with the queen to urge her to marry and raise the question of succession, her response was uncharacteristically arrogant and haughty apparently, which showed the stress the queen must have felt about this perennial problem. As if to 'rub salt into the wound' also this year, Elizabeth was told of the birth of James (later to become James I of England) to Mary Queen of Scots, she is recorded to have said, "Alack, the Queen of Scots is lighter of a bony son and I am but barren stock."



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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