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English Hammered Coins of the Tudors, 1485 to 1603

Between 1066 and 1662, coins were minted in London and in a number of regional mints by hammering a thin disc of silver (or gold) between two coin 'dies'.  These are known as Hammered Coins. 

If you are interested in buying any of the coins illustrated, please quote our Stock Number, beginning HC.

Realistic portraits began under Henry VII. (1485-1509).  After 1540, following the discovery of rich silver mines in the Americas, rapid inflation reduced the value of silver and some rulers (notably Henry VIII, 1509-1547) debased the coinage by adding copper to the silver.  Elizabeth I (1558-1603) restored the silver content but the size and weight of the coins were reduced in consequence. Farthings were no longer issued regularly but coins of a larger value were introduced including 3d and 6d coins and 1/- (shillings though those of Henry VII and VIII were known as testoons). Crowns (5/-) and Halfcrowns (2/6d) appeared from Edward VIs reign (1547-53).  Queen Elizabeth I issued a large range of coins including three-farthings (d) and three-halfpenny (1d) coins. The relief design on Elizabeth I's coins was always 'flat' and easily worn away so every extra surviving detail in her portrait adds to the value of the coin.

For a list of the kings and queens between 1066 and 1660 and the coins they issued, download our free guide:

Hammered Coins Guide

Hammered Coins are all rare as each king or queen called in the coins of the previous monarch to melt and re-use the silver.

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Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)


HC 144 - Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) - silver shilling of 1560-61 (c30 mm diameter)
Obverse - ELIZABETH DG ANG' FR' ET HI' REGINA
(Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, the Queen)
Reverse - POSVI DEV' ADIVDITOREM MEU' (I have made God my Helper)
SOLD
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HC 252 - Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) - silver shilling of 1560-61 (c30 mm diameter)
Obverse - ELIZABETH DG ANG' FR' ET HI' REGINA
(Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, the Queen)
Reverse - POSVI DEV' ADIVDITOREM MEU' (I have made God my Helper)
155

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HC 210 - Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) - silver sixpence of 1572 (c25 mm diameter)
Obverse - ELIZABETH DG ANG' FR' ET HI' REGINA
(Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, the Queen)
Reverse - POSVI DEV' ADIVDITOREM MEU' (I have made God my Helper)
SOLD

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HC 198 - Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) - silver sixpence of 1594 (c25 mm diameter)
Obverse - ELIZABETH DG ANG' FR' ET HI' REGINA
(Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, the Queen)
Reverse - POSVI DEV' ADIVDITOREM MEU' (I have made God my Helper)
95

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HC 246 - Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) - silver sixpence of 1571 (c25 mm diameter)
Obverse - ELIZABETH DG ANG' FR' ET HI' REGINA
(Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, the Queen)
Reverse - POSVI DEV' ADIVDITOREM MEU' (I have made God my Helper)
100

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HC 592 - Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) - silver threepence of 1578 (c18 mm diameter)
Obverse - ELIZABETH DG ANG' FR' ET HI' REGINA
(Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, the Queen)
Reverse - POSVI DEV' ADIVDITOREM MEU' (I have made God my Helper)
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