Charles I lightweight issue Halfcrown

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Charles I lightweight issue Halfcrown

Charles I (1625-49), silver Halfcrown, lightweight issue (14th August - 7th September 1626), group 1, armoured King on horseback left, sword raised above head, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, initial mark cross calvary both sides (1625-26), CAROLVS D; G; MAG; BRI; FRA; ET HI; REX, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, .CHRISTO. AVSPICE. REGNO.., weight 12.93g (Bull 46L/2; Brooker -; N.2202; S.2767 and note). Toned a bold fine and rare.

Issues from the light weight period were released to encourage bullion to come into the mint to be coined, however the very high coinage charges attached to this meant it proved unpopular and not the solution the Mint were looking for, hence the whole issue lasted just over three weeks in 1626. These coins are a good 1.5g below the weight of a full weight issue piece.

 

The abbreviated obverse legend translates as "Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland." and on the reverse "I reign under the auspice of Christ."

 

Provenance:

Ex Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 34, 6th February 1998, lot 130.

CM06236

£875
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