Medieval replica coin Elizabeth I.
This authentic replica coin shows the coat of arms of the British Royal family. It is made from lead free pewter with antique patina. Introduce history by letting the students feel and touch the medieval money!
- Coin diameter: 2.5 cm
- Replica coin made from lead free pewter with antique patina
Medieval coins: A collection that enchants
In our category here you will not only find individual replicas of medieval coins, but even a whole bag filled with groat, a halfgroat and a quarter noble coins. All replicas are authentically reproduced according to original finds. The groat got its name from the silver four-pence piece, which was coined in England and used as late as 1855. The first groats were minted during the reign of Eduards I in 1279, so a currency that spans almost 500 years!
The medieval penny – even older than the groat
The silver penny was probably introduced around 786 by King Offa of Mercia in the English inland. His name penig derives from old English. The coins were similar in size and weight as the denarius widespread at this time on the Mainland. Until the 1970s the penny was therefore still abbreviated to d. - derived from the Latin denarius.
Medieval coin: interesting information for students
King Offa minted a penny made of silver which weighed 221⁄2 grains. In 1257, Henry III minted a gold penny which had the value of twenty silver pence. The weight and value of the silver penny steadily declined from 1300 onwards.
The penny was almost the only coin issued in England until the introduction of the gold florin by Edward III in 1343. In 1527 the Tower pound of 5,400 grains was abolished and replaced by the Troy pound of 5,760 grains. Halpence and farthings became a regular part of the coinage at that time. These coins were created by cutting pennies into halves or quarters for trade purposes, a practice said to have originated in the reign of Aethelred II. The last coinage of silver pence for general circulation was in the reign of Charles II. Since then silver pence have only been coined for issue as royal alms on Maundy Thursdays.
The minting of gold coins by King Heinrich III and later King Edward III finished the penny dynasty.
Medieval coin of Elizabeth I: living history!
Elizabeth I, known under the name of "the Virgin Queen" (the Virgin Queen), (7 September 1533 at Greenwich is born, died on 24 March 1603 at Richmond), was from 1558 until her death Queen of England. She was the fifth and last member of the Tudor Dynasty on the throne of England as the daughter of Heinrich VIII. Her reign as Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 until 1603 is known as the Elizabethan era. During that time, also the great writer William Shakespeare lived. Modern science was established with Francis Bacon and the world has been circumnavigated by Francis Drake. The first English colony in America was founded during the lifetime of the Queen and Virginia named after her.
The unmarried Queen was said to have a series of lovers. She herself said at the beginning of their rule, that she will be satisfied to have lived as a Virgin and to be buried. Also her last speech, the Golden speech contributed to the legend of Elizabeth. Since about 1578, she was called the "Virgin Queen". While the surrounding world was Protestant, it was a political statement, and her cult was embellished with tournaments, seals and symbols containing her portraits. See, how one simple coin can inspire to dive into history.
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