Privy Mark Crown on the Sixpences of Elizabeth I – by Walter Wilkinson

The earliest of five crown (“coronet”) privy marks has been found to consist of two separate punches.  These are the main body and a central part taking the form of a lis.  It is suggested that the lis was struck first in error, the die sinker believing that the newly introduced lis privy mark on Mestrelle’s milled series also applied to the hammered coins.

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