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Charles I gold Double Crown, mm cross calvary, second bust, rare

Charles I (1625-49),gold Double Crown or Half Unite of Ten Shillings, Tower Mint, group B, class II, second crowned bust in ruff left, bust 2a, value X in field behind, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, initial mark cross calvary (1625-26), CAROLVS. D; G; MAG; BRIT; FRA; ET. HI; REX.,rev.crowned quartered shield of arms, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding, terminal mark cross calvary, CVLTORES. SVI. DEVS. PROTEGIT, weight, (Brooker 136; cf. Schneider 176; N.2161; S.2699).Toned and scratched in obverse field, has been creased and straightened, otherwise fine and a rare 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 £171,119 of crown gold was struck under the mint mark cross calvary at full weight from 1st April 1626 until 13th August 1626, just over four months of issue.

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