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Very Appealing 1569 Sixpence of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen

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England. 1569 hammered sixpence of Elizabeth I. AU-50 (NGC). A high quality example of this type, with excellent centering and an especially bold portrait. Surfaces on both sides are original and attractively toned, with the sort of rich golden highlights on deep gray fields one would expect from a coin long embedded in a cabinet. The obverse legends are complete, while the reverse legends are intact but for very minor weakness below 9:00. The overall visual appeal is top notch; while this type is comparatively common, few boast surfaces as nice as these with centering and a complete portrait.

As I've discussed previously in inventory listings and articles, there is no more common coin type discovered in 17th century archaeological contexts in Virginia and neighboring colonies than the Elizabeth I hammered sixpence. They're found at Jamestown by the fistful (like this one, and this one), and are sometimes even found cut up for small change and other uses. Of course, they're also found far from Jamestown; I have records of them turning up in the ground in several states, pretty much wherever English settlers were in the 17th century. Just as they are common in the ground, so too are they common in the marketplace. However, a typical Elizabeth I sixpence will be poorly centered, well worn, perhaps clipped, and with a mushy portrait if one survives at all. This one outpaces most of them.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU50
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3751217010

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England. 1569 hammered sixpence of Elizabeth I. AU-50 (NGC). A high quality example of this type, with excellent centering and an especially bold portrait. Surfaces on both sides are original and attractively toned, with the sort of rich golden highlights on deep gray fields one would expect from a coin long embedded in a cabinet. The obverse legends are complete, while the reverse legends are intact but for very minor weakness below 9:00. The overall visual appeal is top notch; while this type is comparatively common, few boast surfaces as nice as these with centering and a complete portrait.

As I've discussed previously in inventory listings and articles, there is no more common coin type discovered in 17th century archaeological contexts in Virginia and neighboring colonies than the Elizabeth I hammered sixpence. They're found at Jamestown by the fistful (like this one, and this one), and are sometimes even found cut up for small change and other uses. Of course, they're also found far from Jamestown; I have records of them turning up in the ground in several states, pretty much wherever English settlers were in the 17th century. Just as they are common in the ground, so too are they common in the marketplace. However, a typical Elizabeth I sixpence will be poorly centered, well worn, perhaps clipped, and with a mushy portrait if one survives at all. This one outpaces most of them.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU50
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3751217010

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