SUSS-A702F4: Post Medieval coin; Elizabeth I sixpence

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Unique ID: SUSS-A702F4

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A worn and heavily corroded Post Medieval silver sixpence of Elizabeth I (1558-1603 AD). The obverse is missing nearly all of its identifying features save for faint traces of the inner beaded circle and fragments of the legend. The portion of the legend that is legible reads: [E]LIZABETH [...] [REG]INA. The reverse is a long cross fourchee over a royal shield within a beaded circle, with a date above. The reverse legend is made illegible by severe corrosion. However, it is possible to identify the third digit of the date as a 7 and this in conjunction with the size and remaining obverse legend identifies the coin as an Elizabeth I, second issue (1561-1582 AD) sixpence, minted in London sometime in the decade of 1570. In spite of its poor condition the coin is mostly intact, with only a small v-shaped segment torn on the edge, bending the flan. In full, the obverse legend would read ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA (Z) HIB REGINA and the reverse POSUI DEU ADIUTOREM MEU which broadly translated means 'I have made God my helper'. Cf. North English Hammered Coinage (1991) p134, No. 1997.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1570
Date to: Circa AD 1579

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 2.62 g
Diameter: 24.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 8th February 2011

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling or groat
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Sixpence: Elizabeth I, 1561-1582 (N 1997)
Obverse description: unclear
Obverse inscription: [E]LIZABETH [D G ANG FRA (Z) HIB REG]INA
Reverse description: Long cross fourchee over Royal shield. Date above shield
Reverse inscription: illegible [POSUI DEU ADIUTOREM MEU]
Initial mark: Unclear
Die axis measurement: 2 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Rother (District)
To be known as: Bodiam

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1991 English Hammered Coinage: Volume 2. Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662 London Spink and Son Ltd 134 1997

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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