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Elizabeth I, Silver Sixpence, Rose Mint Mark, 1565

Denomination: Silver sixpence 

Period: Tudor

Date: 1565, Third and Fourth Issue

Origin: London mint

Condition: F/VF, chip to edge and slightly scuffed

Obverse: Crowned bust, left, rose behind, rose mint mark ELIZABETH: DG ANG FR: ET: HIB: REGINA

Reverse: Square topped shield on long cross fourchee, date above, rose mint mark, POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV

Size and Weight: 25mm, 2.91g

References: Sear 2561, North 1997

Features and Provenance: This type has the smaller flan with inner beading circle of 17.5mm and smaller 1F bust.

Elizabeth reigned for 44 years, but never really should have taken the throne; fate, however, must have taken a hand in her destiny and knew better than her father what she could achieve. There were numerous obstacles in her way: at that time only men were allowed to be monarchs, Henry's young son Edward was the legitimate heir to the throne, there was also her elder sister; so she was third in line to the throne. There was also the problem that Henry (and later Edward) declared her illegitimate after the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn. It seemed everything was against her. After Henry's death, Edward VI took the throne but only reigned for six years, dying at the age of fifteen. Mary, the next in line, only lasted five years, so it was left to Elizabeth to show them that a woman could be effective on the English throne. Ruling until 1603, she died at the age of 70. 


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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