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BM02859

Charles I gold Double Crown

Charles I (1625-49), gold Double Crown or Half Unite of Ten Shillings, Tower Mint, group D, fourth crowned bust left, class II, bust 7, value X in field behind, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, initial mark portcullis (1633-34), CAROLVS. D; G; MA; BR; FR; ET. HI; REX, rev. crowned quartered oval shield of arms, crowned C to left, crowned R to right, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, terminal mark portcullis, CVLTORES. SVI. DEVS. PROTEGIT, weight 4.41g (Brooker 161; cf. Schneider 161; N.2168; S.2703). Light tone, weak in parts mainly on breast of King and corresponding part of reverse, otherwise very fine and rare.

The abbreviated obverse legend translates as "Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" and on the reverse "God protects His worshippers."

The original pyx trial records show that £85,155 of 22 carat crown gold was struck for this mint mark from 11th July 1633 until 27th June 1634.

Provenance:

Ex Ginza Coin Auction, Japan, November 2007, lot 1505.

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