England (1578-79) penny

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 23027
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This specimen was lot 23027 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $180. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Penny, ND (1578-79). Elizabeth I (1558-1603). PCGS EF-45 Secure Holder. 5th issue, with Greek Cross. Possessing finely detailed central devices with dark gray to charcoal toning. From the John Whitney Walter Collection. Ex: Stack's auction, October 22-23, 1981." The penny was shrinking to useless size even by Elizabeth's reign but would not be replaced by the familiar copper denomination until the late eighteenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.921 fine silver.

Catalog reference: S-2575.


  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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