Benefactor DonnaML Posted June 22, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted June 22, 2022 (edited) I bought this 1562 sixpence in the most recent St. James auction, and it has become my earliest milled (i.e., machine-made rather than hammered) coin. (Previously, my earliest milled coins were a 1624 AR Broad Taler from Saxe-Altenburg, a 1626 AR Broad Taler from Saxony (Albertine Line), and a Charles I AR Shilling from 1638-1639, all of which I've previously posted here and/or at Coin Talk.) England, Elizabeth I, AR Sixpence 1562 (Milled), by Eloye Mestrelle.* Obv. Crowned and mantled bust left [large broad bust, frosted crown], with elaborately decorated dress, small Tudor Rose behind, ELIZABETH.D.G.ANG.FRA.ET.HIB.REGINA [Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland] [curly “Z” in Elizabeth] around; following legend, mm. Star / Rev. Quartered shield over long cross pattée with divided date 15-62 above shield; POSVI-DEVM.AD-IVTORE-M·MEVM [I have made God my helper] around; before legend, mm. Star. 26 mm., 3.43 g. S. 2597 [Spink, Standard Catalogue of British Coins, Coins of England & the United Kingdom, Pre-Decimal Issues, 57th Edition 2022, at p. 271]. Purchased at St. James’s Auctions No. 62, 14 Jun 2022, Lot 600; ex Spink 1976 (from Spink Numismatic Circular[?], Jan. 1976, with two old coin tickets. Stated condition: "slight edge crimp, almost very fine"; scratches. *See Spink p. 261: “Coins of exceedingly fine workmanship were produced in a screw press introduced by Eloye Mestrelle, a French moneyer, in 1561. With parts of the machinery powered by a horse-drawn mill, the coins produced came to be known as ‘mill money.” Despite the superior quality of the coins produced, the machinery was slow and inefficient compared to striking by hand. Mestrelle’s dismissal was engineered in 1572 and six years later he was hanged for counterfeiting.” After 1571, milled coinage was not reintroduced until the reign of Charles I in 1631, by Nicholas Briot (see Spink p. 288), and did not entirely supercede the minting of hammered coinage until 1663, under Charles II, after Peter Blondeau’s machinery was introduced (see id. p. 344). For comparison purposes, here's my Elizabeth I hammered AR sixpence from 1582, 20 years later (S. 2572). 25 mm., 3.2 g. Please post your own earliest milled coins, from whatever country they originate. Edited June 22, 2022 by DonnaML 22 1 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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