1561-1565 Threefarthings – Elizabeth I


The 1561-1565 Threefarthings - Elizabeth I

Hammered Silver Threefarthing coin (three-quarters of a penny) of Queen Elizabeth I, minted about 1561-1565 (the coin is dated but digits are worn). Diameter 13mm and weighs 0.345g. Third or fourth issues. Minted at the Tower (London) mint. SCBC: 2571. North: 2002.

Although an unual denomination, the Threefarthing coin is not too difficult to find and often well less than £200. Specimens are usually quite poor quality and can show signs of clipping. A milled version was minted in 1563, but only three are known and are very expensive.

The design is very similar to the threehalfpence coin, which is just 2mm larger in diameter.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I facing left, wearing a ruff and embroidered dress. Rose behind to right. Mint mark is a pheon (a downward pointing arrow). Legend is "E D G ROSA SINE SPINA". meaning Elizabeth by the grace of God, a rose without a thorn.

Edge is plain.

The Reverse shows a quartered coat-of-arms with a cross fourchee on top; beaded inner circle aith legend "CIVITAS LONDON" and the pheon mint mark.

Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
1593 SixpenceElizabeth was born on 7 September 1533, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in the House of Tudor. She reigned from 17 November 1558 until her death (aged 69) on 24 March 1603. Her Coronation was on 15 January 1559.

Elizabeth I is also known as the Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess. She was the last of the five Tudor Monarchs.
General Description: Miscellaneous
We created this category to show coins which don't have their own group, maybe because they are unique or rare, or just that we don't have enough images to justify their own group. Not necessarily expensive, some just too interesting not to list!
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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W453: CHOICE 1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver THREE FARTHINGS, Spink 2571
W453: CHOICE 1561 Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver THREE FARTHINGS, Spink 2571
£ 285.00
Elizabeth 1st Three Farthings 1561 Extremely Rare
Elizabeth 1st Three Farthings 1561 Extremely Rare
£ 160.00
ELIZABETH I (1558-1603). SILVER THREEFARTHINGS. DATED 1575. SCARCE DENOMINATION.
ELIZABETH I (1558-1603). SILVER THREEFARTHINGS. DATED 1575. SCARCE DENOMINATION.
£ 260.00
1561-1577 157? Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Three Farthings Extremely Rare Type
1561-1577 157? Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Three Farthings Extremely Rare Type
£ 107.23
Great Britain. 1574 Elizabeth 1 - Threefarthings.  MM-Eglantine.. VF - Scarce
Great Britain. 1574 Elizabeth 1 - Threefarthings. MM-Eglantine.. VF - Scarce
£ 164.52

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