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CG03862

Charles I Halfcrown, Tower Mint, type 3a2, mm triangle

Charles I (1625-49), silver Halfcrown, Tower Mint, group 3a2, armoured King on horseback left, with sword and flowing cloak, beaded borders with abbreviated Latin legend surrounding, initial mark triangle both sides (1639-40), .CAROLVS. D; G; MAG; BRI; FRA; ET. HIB; REX., rev. oval quartered shield of arms, CHRISTO. AVSPICE. REGNO. weight 14.74g (Brooker 348-351; Bull 361d/23; N.2211; S.2775). Toned, a little weakly struck at centre both sides, otherwise, a bold very fine and pleasing with good detail on the horse and King's head, an extremely rare die combination.

The Latin legends translates on obverse as "Charles by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" and on the reverse "I reign under the auspice of Christ."

Maurice Bull only traced and records one example of this die combination in "The Half-crowns of Charles I 1625-1649".

Provenance:

Purchased from Spink and Son Ltd 1996.

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