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BM01950

Charles I plumes reverse Halfcrown

Charles I (1625-49), silver Halfcrown, Tower Mint, group 3b, struck from Welsh mined silver with plumes over shield on reverse, armoured King on horseback left, with sword and sash, beaded borders with abbreviated Latin legend surrounding, initial mark tun struck over crown (1636), .CAROLVS D: G: MAG: BR: ET HIB: REX, rev. Welsh plumes over oval quartered shield of arms, beaded borders with abbreviated Latin legend surrounding, initial mark tun, CHRISTO. AVSPICE. REGNO. weight 15.15g (Brooker -/338; N.2210; S.2774). Toned, a little weakly struck in parts of rim, otherwise with devices clear and sharp and a bold very fine, extremely rare with the plumes reverse in combination with the overstruck obverse mint mark, only two examples of this combination of dies known.

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."

The plumes on the reverse indicates this coin is made from the Cardiganshire mines under a fresh opening and new control of Thomas Bushell from 1636. Sir Hugh Myddleton had died in December 1631 and the mines had flooded during that year ceasing mining activity.

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