And, for Elizabeth fans everywhere, she lives on in the shinning silver coins of her reign. While, by law, her portrait was required to be on the highest surface of the coin, so few survive with an intact portrait.
The Obverse of the Elizabethan penny bears the bust of the queen, with a Tudor Rose behind her head. The Reverse is quartered by the Long Cross which sits over the Royal Shield with Arms displaying the Passant Lions and Fleurs-de-lis.
Robert's Notes: This coin has a nice shield and clear date, and partial portrait of Elizabeth. This size of coin was heavily used for daily small transactions in London's market place. Shakespeare was 15 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.