1601 Crown – Elizabeth I


The 1601 Crown - Elizabeth I

The Reverse shows a royal shield over long cross fourchée (pitchfork shape at ends). Legend is ":POSVI: DEVM: ADIVTOREM: MEVM:" meaning I have made God my helper.

This is a 0.925 silver crown. It is said to be the Sixth issue, minted at the Tower mint (London Mint). It is undated but was struck around 1601-1602 as crowns were only issued in those years. On the Observe just after the REGINA is the number 1. This is a mintmark and indicates 1601.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I described as a "crowned bust left in elaborate dress, holding scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left".

Legend is "ELIZABETH: D’. G’. ANG’. FRA’. ET: HIBER’. REGINA:" meaning Elizabeth [Dei Gratia] by the Grace of God Queen of England, France and Ireland.

Image credit: CNG Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1601 ?
Monarch is Queen Elizabeth I. English Poor Laws created. Shakespeare's Hamlet is (maybe) first performed.
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: Crowns
The Crown is a very old coin, with origins dating back to Henry VIII. The English Crown first appeared in 1526. It was made of 22 carat gold ("crown gold") and has a value of five shillings (a quarter of a pound).

By 1551, silver was being used to produce crowns, although gold was sometimes still used. The silver crown was quite large, being about 38mm and weighing about one ounce. Around that time many Europeans countries had similar sized silver coins which made them good for international trade as they were essentially interchangeable.

The metal used was 92.5% silver and the rest copper so as to make the coin harder. This hardness, together with a milled edge, made 'clipping' (which was cutting slices off the edge to steal some free silver) more difficult.

After the Union of England and Scotland in 1707 a new coin, the British Crown, replaced the English Crown and Scottish Dollar. The value was set at 5 shillings and the size was 38mm in diameter and weighed about 1oz as before.

Now more of a commemorative coin

Although the coin was always part of the British coin family, its large size made it unpopular for general circulation and the half-crown was favoured as the de-facto largest coin in circulation. The Crown was more-or-less relegated to a commemorative coin.

The British economy, especially after the World Wars, took its toll on the crown too. From 1816-1919 the crown was 0.925 silver, this was reduced to 0.500 silver in 1920 and in 1947 the Crown became Cupronickel (75% copper, 25% nickel). The size standardised at 38.61 mm and (silver crown) weight of 28.276g (1 oz).

Although not in current circulation, the Crown is still legal tender. After decimalisation in 1971 the Crown was officially valued at 25 pence. In the Eighties we had inflation which brought in higher denomination coins like the pound coin and the two-pound coin, so the Government decided that the crown needed to be restored to it former glory as biggest denomination coin and the crown was re-denominated to £5 in 1990.

Today the Crown is once again made in silver and gold, usually to satisfy collectors and investors. There is a little confusion with this as there are Gold Crowns which are worth £5 but there is another five-pound Gold coin from the sovereign family - see the article on Gold £5 Coin or Gold Crown?
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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RARE ELIZABETH I HAMMERED CROWN 5/- COIN 1601 mm. 1
RARE ELIZABETH I HAMMERED CROWN 5/- COIN 1601 mm. 1
£ 3,750.00
Elizabeth I 1601 retro pattern bronze proof like Crown 38mm
Elizabeth I 1601 retro pattern bronze proof like Crown 38mm
£ 5.00
Very Rare Great Britain 1601 Half 1/2 Crown Silver Elizabeth I London PCGS XF45
Very Rare Great Britain 1601 Half 1/2 Crown Silver Elizabeth I London PCGS XF45
£ 7,014.65
Retro Crown Size Pattern Coins of Great Britain Various Reigns Select from Menu
Retro Crown Size Pattern Coins of Great Britain Various Reigns Select from Menu
£ 7.95

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