The Irish Coinages of Elizabeth I - three different issues / six different denominations

O’Brien Coin Guide: An Introduction to the Irish Coinages of Elizabeth I

Introduction: The Elizabethan series of Anglo-Irish coinage is a somewhat neglected space in terms of numismatic research since many of her issues were relatively small and their survival rate poor. As such, the availability of suitable study material is limited. The British Museum’s holdings are relatively modest The National Museum of Ireland only has a…

Elizabeth I, First issue, Shilling, mm. rose, reads reg, 8.45g (S 6503, DF 241). Old scratches on reverse, otherwise about very fine, rare

Irish Coin Daily: Elizabeth I, First issue, Shilling, mm. Rose. Legend “REG:”

Date: c. 1558 Description: Elizabeth I (1558-1603), First issue, Billon Shilling Weight: 8.45g References: S 6503, DF 241 Obverse nearly Very Fine (nVF) with some old scratches on reverse Rare Obverse: Crowned and mantled bust left (Bust 1B) Mintmark: rose Legend: ELIZABETH: D: G:·ANG.·FRA.·Z: HIB:·REG: Translation: “Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queen of England,…

Elizabeth I (1558-1603), First issue, Shilling, mm. rose, bust 1B, reads regi, 9.05g/5h (S 6503; DF 240). Obverse nearly very fine with some surface marks, reverse better

Irish Coin Daily: Elizabeth I, First issue, Shilling, mm. Rose. Legend “REGI” (no stop)

Date: c. 1558 Description: Elizabeth I (1558-1603), First issue, Billon Shilling Weight: 9.05g References: S 6503; DF 240 Obverse nearly Very Fine (nVF) with some surface marks, reverse is a bit better Obverse: Crowned and mantled bust left (Bust 1B) Mintmark: rose Legend: ELIZABETH: D:·G:·ANG.·FRA.·Z. HIB:·REGI Translation: “Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queen of…

Elizabeth I, Third issue, Shilling, mm. star, 5.83g (S 6507, DF 252). Good fine or better for issue

Irish Coin Daily: Elizabeth I, Third issue, Shilling, mm. Star

Date: c. 1601-02 Description: Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Third issue, debased silver Shilling, issued c. 1601-02. The reason for this coinage was to deny good silver to the rebels in the north of Ireland so they would not have anything with which to buy arms from abroad. The idea was to flood Ireland with base money…

Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Third issue, Shilling, mm. trefoil, 5.37g/6h (S 6507; DF 252). About very fine but surfaces heavily corroded

Irish Coin Daily: Elizabeth I, Third issue, Shilling, mm. Trefoil

Date: c. 1601-02 Description: Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Third issue, debased silver Shilling, issued c. 1601-02. The reason for this coinage was to deny good silver to the rebels in the north of Ireland so they would not have anything with which to buy arms from abroad. The idea was to flood Ireland with base money…

Charles I (1625-1649), Cork, Shilling, 1647, 4.35g/1h (S 6561; DF 328). Light scratch on reverse, otherwise good fine, extremely rare

O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Charles I, Cities of Refuge – Cork, Shilling, 1647

Date: 1647 Description: Charles I, Cities of Refuge Shilling on an octagonal piece of silver plate. Weight: 4.35g References: S 6561; DF 328 Light scratch on reverse, otherwise good Fine (gF) Extremely rare Obverse: Crudely struck emergency coinage with the legend “CORK” centred between two circles (outer circle beaded, inner circle wired) with a small…

James I (1603-1625), Second coinage, Shilling, mm. escallop, fourth bust, 4.63g/2h (S 6516; DF 261). Possibly smoothed in obverse fields, otherwise better than very fine

Irish Coin Daily: James I, Second coinage (4th Bust), Silver Shilling, mm. Escallop

Date: c. 1606-07 Description: James I (1603-1625), Second coinage (4th Bust), Silver Shilling, mm. Escallop Possibly smoothed in obverse fields, otherwise better than very fine (gVF) Weight: 4.63g References: S 6516; DF 261 Obverse: Crowned (fourth) bust of James I, facing right. The fourth bust can be quickly identified via the ‘plain shoulder’ and ‘ruff’…