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Elizabethan Shilling

Queen Elizabeth bustA well worn Elizabethan Queen Shilling dated 1566 found in Earith Fen.

It was found by John Wales in 1933 in North Halls field, Earith Fen.

A very worn Elizabethan shilling showing both sides

How much was that worth in Elizabethan days:

  • About three and a half days pay* for a Pikeman in the army. (* After some money had been taken off for his food.)
  • 3 or 4 days for an unskilled labourer.
  • Whereas a successful merchant could get up to £100,000 in a year! Remember that there were 20 shillings to a pound, so a Pikeman or labourer would have to work 571428 days to equal it – that is about 1565 years without a day off!

See all of John Wales‘ blog posts.

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