English Fourpence

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Date:1559 - 1578 (c.)


English silver Fourpence or Groat, 1559 - 1578

Diameter 24mm

The obverse features the bust of Queen Elizabeth I facing left within a central ring. The bust on this example is very worn. The inscription around the outside reads 'ELIZABETH DG ANG FRA ET HIB REGI', Latin for 'Elizabeth By the Grace of God Queen of England, France and Ireland'. The reverse features a shield bearing the arms of England (second and third quarters) and France (first and fourth quarters) within a central ring. The shield is quartered by a large cross, the edges of which reach to the outer edges of the coin. The inscription around the outside reads 'POSUI/ DEU. AD/ IUTORE/ MMEU' which is an abbreviation of the Latin legend 'Posui Deum Adjutorem Meum' meaning 'I Have Made God My Helper'. This coin was found at Hourdiss's Farm in Harbury, Warwickshire.


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Donor ref:LEAMG : M4.1914 (66/16327)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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