DUR-793478: Post-medieval coin: silver sixpence of Elizabeth I dated to 1561

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Unique ID: DUR-793478

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete silver sixpence of Elizabeth I (AD1558-1603)

2nd Issue, North No.1997. im Pheon AD1561

Obverse: crowned bust (worn away, deliberately defaced and scratched). ELIZABETH.D.GA_.FR'ET.HI.REGINA

Reverse: Long cross fourchee dividing the legend, over square heraldic shield, headed 1561 POSUI.DEU.ADIUTOREM. MEU

Legend differs from North 1997, in FR' (cf North: FRA) and HI (cf North HIB). Obverse bust is worn away but reverse is much less worn, so bust has been deliberately defaced and scratched.

Diameter 24.48mm thickness 0.63 mm Weight 2.2g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Exactly AD 1561
Date to: Exactly AD 1561

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.63 mm
Weight: 2.2 g
Diameter: 24.48 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 31st March 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 415

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sixpence
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Sixpence: Elizabeth I, 1561-1582 (N 1997)
Obverse description: bust facing left, worn to illegible
Obverse inscription: ELIZABETH D GA_ FR' ET HI REGINA
Reverse description: Square shield, with date above (1561), over long cross fourchee dividing legend
Reverse inscription: POSUI DEU ADIUTOREM MEU
Initial mark: pheon
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Scarborough (District)
To be known as: Runswick area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detectoring
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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