The Obverse of the Elizabethan sixpence bears the bust of the queen, with a Tudor Rose behind her head. The beaded inner circle is circumferenced by the proud inscription: ELIZABETH D G AND FRA ET HIB REGINA: Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France and Ireland. The Reverse is quartered by the Long Cross which sits over the Royal Shield with Arms displaying the Passant Lions and Fleurs-de-lis. The inscription reads: POSUI DEUM ADIVITOREM MEUM: I have made God my helper.
Robert's Notes: This coin has a nice shield, and clear date. Shakespeare was 5 years old when this coin was struck.
Due to "clipping," master of the Royal Mint, Sir. Issac Newton, ordered hand-hammered coins like this one to be recalled, melted, and re-minted using a new screw press that put edges on the coins, similar to the edges on the coins in your pocket. Had this coin not been lost before 1696, we would not be able to enjoy it now.
This coin is part of our friend Mike's collection. He has been metal detecting in England for over 25 years. He sold us these, so his wife would let him buy the latest metal detector.