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Charles I gold Double Crown, group B, 2nd bust, mint mark plumes

Charles I (1625-49), gold Double Crown or Half Unite of Ten Shillings, Tower Mint, group B, second crowned bust in ruff left, class V, bust 4, value X in field behind, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, initial mark plumes (1630-31) struck over heart both sides, CAROLVS. D; G; MA; BR; FR; ET. HI; REX., rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, CVLTORES. SVI DEVS. PROTEGIT, weight 4.43g (Brooker -/154; cf. Schneider 188; N.2164; S.2700). Has been gilt, therefore soft in appearance with surface marks, otherwise very fine and a rare overstruck mint mark.

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 a total of £337,000 of crown gold was struck under the mint mark plumes a.k.a. feathers at full weight from 23rd June 1630 until 30th June 1631.

Provenance:

Ex Dr Rolf Baumhauer, British gold Collection, Sincona Auction 75, 11th May 2022, lot 104.

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