England 1554 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 24849
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 24849 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Philip & Mary Sixpence 1554, full titles, VF35 'Ex Norweb Collection' NGC, a charming coin struck on a remarkably round flan just slightly wavy, facing portraits fairly sharp, excellent legends showing all the die-blunders of the mid-16th-century die-cutter, and just about perfect gray patina. The grading insert states '1954 (1554)' as the date, as does the typing on the Norweb envelope that accompanies this lot, but of course the digit in question is not a 9 but simply how the digit 5 was engraved, with the top right loop of the first 5 filled in. This is an excellent coin from a very famous collection."
This coin was hammered, not machine struck; weak and off-center strikes are normal. This coin was issued during Mary's brief marriage to Philip II of Spain, hence the dual portraits.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S-2505, N1970.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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