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Gem Quality 1573 Elizabeth I Sixpence

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From David Hess List 10, November 1967, in a private collection ever since.

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England. 1573 sixpence of Elizabeth I. Choice About Uncirculated. Acorn mintmark. By a large margin, the finest sixpence of Elizabeth I I've ever owned, with superb centering, complete legends, a full portrait, and traces of lustre around legends and devices. Sedate pastel blue toning surrounds legends and devices, while most of the surfaces have toned to an elegant medium gray. The central devices are fully struck, while the edges are impressive round, intact and unchipped. 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. Even high grade ones are rarely this nice. If this type would fit in your collection of coins that circulated in early America, it would be hard to imagine finding a finer one even after years of patient and persistent looking.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 17026

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England. 1573 sixpence of Elizabeth I. Choice About Uncirculated. Acorn mintmark. By a large margin, the finest sixpence of Elizabeth I I've ever owned, with superb centering, complete legends, a full portrait, and traces of lustre around legends and devices. Sedate pastel blue toning surrounds legends and devices, while most of the surfaces have toned to an elegant medium gray. The central devices are fully struck, while the edges are impressive round, intact and unchipped. 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. Even high grade ones are rarely this nice. If this type would fit in your collection of coins that circulated in early America, it would be hard to imagine finding a finer one even after years of patient and persistent looking.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 17026

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