1555 Shilling – Philip & Mary (SCBC 2501)


The 1555 Shilling - Philip & Mary (SCBC 2501)

Silver shilling of Queen Mary I and King Philip, struck in 1555 at the Tower Mint (Royal Mint) in London. Diameter 31mm, weighs 5.82g. SCBC: 2501.

The Obverse shows the busts of Philip and Mary face to face. Crown above divides the date "1555". Legend is "PHILIP ET MARIA D G REX ET REGINA ANG".

Edge description is plain

The Reverse shows a crowned and garnished oval shield bearing the arms of Spain, England and France.  Crown above divides the mark of value, "XII" (12 pence). Legend: "POSVIMVS DEVM ADIVTOREM NOSTRVM" (meaning: We have made God our helper).

Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Mary I - Philip and Mary (Mary 1553-54 - Philip and Mary 1554-58)
This was the co-monarch by marriage of Queen Mary I of England and Philip II of Spain. Mary was born on 18 February 1516, the child of Henry VIII by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It was thought a good idea to improve relations between England and Spain by arranging the 37 year-old Mary to marry the 26 year-old Prince Philip of Spain. Mary fell in love on first sight, but Philip was not as keen.

Mary became Queen in 1553, and married Philip in 1554 and as co-monarchs they jointly appeared on coins. When Mary died in 1558 aged 42, that was also the end of Philip's claim and Mary's sister became Queen Elizabeth I.
General Description: Shillings
The Shilling (written 1/-) is one-twentienth of a pound, worth 12 old pence (5 new pence). It is traditionally a silver coin, but since 1947 it has been made from cupro-nickel. Shillings are known as 'Bobs'.

Shillings are old coins and the English shilling has been around since about 1549, although there were 12 pence coins before that called Testoons from about 1489. The British shillings was the continuation from 1707.

After decimalisation on 15 February 1971, the coin was replaced by the five new pence piece. Originally, the 5p coin was the same size as the shilling but was later made much smaller.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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IRELAND. Philip and Mary, Silver Shilling, 1555, S-6500, NGC VG Details
IRELAND. Philip and Mary, Silver Shilling, 1555, S-6500, NGC VG Details
£ 541.42
LIVLAND ferding 1555 Heinrich Galen Silver 24 MM/2,3 G Original #HEG649
LIVLAND ferding 1555 Heinrich Galen Silver 24 MM/2,3 G Original #HEG649
£ 103.87
Philip and Mary 1555 Irish Shilling Fair/Fine Rare.
Philip and Mary 1555 Irish Shilling Fair/Fine Rare.
£ 250.00
IRELAND. MARY AND PHILIP OF SPAIN. SHILLING. DATED 1555.
IRELAND. MARY AND PHILIP OF SPAIN. SHILLING. DATED 1555.
£ 220.00
British coin 1555? Philip & Mary shilling
British coin 1555? Philip & Mary shilling
£ 320.00
1555 Philip & Mary Irish Shilling
1555 Philip & Mary Irish Shilling
£ 1,211.79
Ireland.  1555 Philip & Mary - Shilling.. VG
Ireland. 1555 Philip & Mary - Shilling.. VG
£ 267.92
1555 Great Britain Philip and Mary Shilling - Free Shipping USA
1555 Great Britain Philip and Mary Shilling - Free Shipping USA
£ 333.17

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