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EM17623

Charles I 1644 Halfcrown Bristol mint with Bristol plumes and BR monogram

Charles I (1625-49), silver Halfcrown, Bristol Mint, 1644, armoured King on horseback left with raised sword, plumelet behind in field, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding both sides, initial mark plumes, .CAROLVS. D: G: MAG: BR: FR: ET. HI: REX. rev. Latin declaration in two lines, RELIG: PROT: / LE: AN: LI: PA: ruled line above and below, date below, three Bristol plumes above, initial mark BR monogram, .EXVRGAT. DEVS. DISSIPENTVR. INIMICI. Weight 14.35g (Bull 640/1a plate coin; Br.976/980; N.2489; S.3007). A little weakly struck, but quite even in shape and well centred, a bold very fine / good very fine and a very presentable piece.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on obverse "Charles by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland," and on the reverse the central Declaration as Charles I gave to the Privy Council at Wellington, Shropshire on 19th September 1642 as "The Religion of the Protestants, the Laws of England, the Liberty of Parliament" which when shown in full Latin should read "Religio Protestantium Leges Angliae Libertas Parliamenti," the outer legend translates as "Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered," a Psalm from the Bible.

Provenance:

Ex Lloyd Bennett, Monmouth, sold June 1998.

Ex Alan Morris Collection, sold through Lloyd Bennett over the last 20 years.

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