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Charles I Crown, mintmark cross calvary

Charles I (1625-49), silver Crown, Tower Mint, London, type 1b with plumes over reverse shield, King on horseback left with sword raised over shoulder, horse caparisoned with plumes on head and rear, sword point breaks inner beaded circle, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, CAROLVS D; G; MAG; BRI; FRA; ET HIB; REX, initial mark cross calvary both sides (1625-26), rev. quartered shield of arms in frame, crown and plumes with long bands above, no stops in legend, CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO, weight 29.44g (Brooker 238; F R Cooper dies VII/IX; N.2191; S.2754). Slightly double struck, lightly toned, some striking flaws, otherwise about very fine and one of the rarest varieties in combination with the mint mark, less than five known with this reverse die, extremely rare, with an excellent provenance.

Provenance:

Ex Mrs Street (d.1888), Collection of Charles I, purchased intact before her death by Robert Marsham.

Ex Hon. Robert Marsham, Sotheby 19th November 1888, lot 515.

Ex Hyman Montagu, Sotheby, 16th November 1897, lot 336.

Ex H. Pegg, Spink Coin Auction 11, 8th October 1980, lot 179.

Ex Lord Smith of Marlow, collection purchased by Spink 1985.

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