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, 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…

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’…

Elizabeth I, 2nd Irish Coinage (fine silver, 1561) Shilling, dated 1561. Crowned bust to left / Three Harps posed on crowned shield

Irish Coin Daily: Elizabeth I, 2nd Irish Coinage (fine silver, 1561) Shilling “REG:”

Date: 1561 Description: Elizabeth I, 2nd Irish Coinage (fine silver) Shilling, dated 1561. Crowned bust to left / Three Harps posed on crowned shield, date either side. Mintmark: Harp (Dublin mint). Diameter: 29 mm Weight: 4.65 g Fine Silver: 0.916 fine References: D&F 248;  S. 6505 Well struck on a broad flan and with good legends.…

James I, 1st Irish Coinage (1603-1604), 1st Bust (squared beard), Sixpence, 2.26g, mintmark Bell (DF. 260, S. 6513)

Irish Coin Daily: James I, 1st Irish Coinage (1603-1604), 1st Bust (squared beard), Sixpence, mint mark Bell

Date: 1603-04 Description: James I, 1st Irish Coinage (1603-1604), 1st Bust (squared beard), Sixpence, mint mark Bell. Weight: 2.26 g Good Very Fine  (gVF) Toned References: DF. 260, S. 6513 Obverse: Crowned (first) bust of James I, facing right. The first bust can be quickly identified via the ‘squared beard’ Legend: IACOBVS D G ANG…

James I, 2nd Irish Coinage (1605-1607), 3rd Bust (decorated shoulder) Silver Shilling, mint mark: Martlet (1605). DF. 261; S. 6515.

Irish Coin Daily: James I, 2nd Irish Coinage (1605-1607), 3rd Bust (decorated shoulder), Shilling, mintmark Martlet

Date: 1605 Description: James I, 2nd Irish Coinage (1605-1607), 3rd Bust (decorated shoulder), Shilling, 4.24g., mintmark Martlet. Nicely toned example, with some light scratches on the obverse. Weight: 4.24 g Very Fine  (VF) References: DF. 261, S. 6515 Obverse: Crowned (third) bust of James I, facing right. The third bust can be quickly identified via…