1593 Sixpence – Elizabeth I

The 1593 Sixpence - Elizabeth I

Coinage of Queen Elizabeth I is interesting, attractive and affordable to many. There are many variations to the obverse and reverse, including many mintmarks.

This is an example of an Elizabethan sixpence but if you are considering paying serious money you should look to a specialist dealer to help you through the finer points. The coin shown may cost about £150 but there are worn specimens less than £40.

The Reverse shows a quartered shield of arms with the Cross Fourchee.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I facing left, wearing crown and ruff, with rose behind.

The Rose to the right of the Queen's head is to help tell the difference between a sixpence and a shilling (which doesn't have a rose).

Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1593 ?
Monarch is Queen Elizabeth I. William Shakespeare's poem, Venus and Adonis, becomes (probably) his first published work.
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: Sixpences

The Sixpence (half a shilling) was a British silver coin that was first minted 1551 and virtually continuously until decimalisation in 1971. They were often known as 'tanners'. They are small coins, the last minted had a diameter of about 19.4 mm.


  • Year Minted: 1551-1970
  • Diameter: 19.41 mm
  • Weight: 2.83g (1816-1970)
  • Edge: Milled
  • Metal: 
    • 1551–1816: Silver
    • 1816–1920: 92.5% Silver
    • 1920–1946: 50% Silver
    • 1947–1970 Cupronickel. Zero Silver

In today's money they are 2½p. It doesn't sound much but at the time it was a weeks pocket money! It was a popular coin when in circulation and is now popular with collectors as it has a long history and many nice specimens can be obtained at affordable prices.

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.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Sixpences page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
Elizabeth I mm Tun  1593  Sixpence F+
Elizabeth I mm Tun 1593 Sixpence F+
£ 140.00
Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence - 6th Issue, Tun Mint Mark, 1593
Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence - 6th Issue, Tun Mint Mark, 1593
£ 55.00
Collectable Hammered Silver Elizabeth I Sixpence - Tun Mint Mark - 1593
Collectable Hammered Silver Elizabeth I Sixpence - Tun Mint Mark - 1593
£ 125.00
1593 Elizabeth I 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence
1593 Elizabeth I 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence
£ 34.99

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