Irish Coin Daily: Elizabeth I, Second Issue, Groat, 1561, mm. harp / Legends “REG” + “MEV”


Date: 1561

Elizabeth I, Second issue, Groat, 1561, mm. harp, reads reg and mev, 1.57g (S 6506, DF 250). Very fine with good portrait, rare

Elizabeth I, Second issue, Groat, 1561, mm. harp. Legends read “REG” and “MEV”

Description:

Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Second issue, fine silver Groat, dated 1561.Elizabeth I, Second issue, Groat, dated 1561, mm. Harp. Legends read “REG” (obv.) and “MEV” (rev.).

  • Weight: 1.57g
  • References: S 6506; DF 250

Very fine with good portrait, rare

Obverse:

  • Crowned bust of Elizabeth I, facing left
  • Mintmark: Harp
  • Legend:
    • “ELIZABETH REG. AN. FR. HIBERNIE”
      • Translation:
      • “Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France and Ireland”

Reverse:

  • Three Harps posed on crowned shield, date either side
  • Mintmark: Harp
  • Legend:
    • “POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM MEV”
      • Translation:
      • “I have made God my helper”  (Psalm. 54:4)

 


Further Reading:

 

Other Coins in this Series:

  • Elizabeth I

    • 1st Irish Coinage (de-based silver, 1558)
    • Edward VI Re-used (Countermarked)
      • Seated Greyhound ‘Countermark’ on Edward VI Irish Shilling (1560)
    • 2nd Irish Coinage (fine silver, 1561)
    • 3rd Irish Coinage (de-based silver, 1601-02)

 

 

 

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