1578-1579 Penny – Elizabeth I


The 1578-1579 Penny - Elizabeth I

Hammered Silver Penny of Elizabeth I, minted between 1578 and 1579 at the Tower Mint in London. Fifth issue, 0.921 silver. Diameter 15mm and weight 0.514g. SCBC: 2575. North: 2001.

The Obverse shows a crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth I facing left, wearing a ruff and embroided dress. Mint mark is a cross. Legend is "E D G ROSA SINE SPINA", meaning Elizabeth by the grace of God, a rose without a thorn.

The Reverse shows a quartered shield. arms of France at 1&4 and arms of England at 2&4. Beaded circle with cross fourchee over. Legend is "CIVITAS LONDON" with mint mark cross.

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: Penny
The Penny is one of the most famous British coins. The coin itself has been around since 600AD and at various times has been struck in silver, copper and bronze. Originally split into halfpennies and farthing, it is now itself the least denomination coin currently in circulation. Made from copper (actually copper plated steel).

Originally there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 240 pennies in £1; since decimalisation in 1973 there are 100 new pence in one pound.

Specifications of the Penny

  • Diameter: (Bronze) 31 mm (since 1860)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Composition:
    • (1707–1796) Silver
    • (1797–1859) Copper
    • (1860–1970) Bronze
  • Years: 1707–1970
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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Elizabeth I 1st Hammered Silver Penny Coin MM Crescent 1587 1588 1589
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Nice Grade Elizabeth I Penny With Martlet Mintmark Dates To 1560-61, S2558
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1560-61 | Elizabeth I 2nd Issue Penny | Silver | Coins | KM Coins
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1560-61 Elizabeth I (1st) Hammered Silver Penny Crosslet Cross MM Tower mint
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