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BM02819

Charles II 1660 Restoration Medallion

Charles II (1660-85), Restoration Medallion, 1660, laureate and draped bust right with lion on breastplate, S below for engraver Thomas Simon, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, CAROLVS. * II. REX. rev. inverted die axis, crowned pairs of interlinked Cs over II, star at centre, emblematic shields in angles, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, MAG NALI A. DEI 1660, edge straight grained, weight 9.28g (MI 464/62; Lessen type D variety b; N.2777). Toned, some rim nicks, light surface marks, very fine and rare.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as "Charles the Second, King" and on the reverse "The mighty work of God"

Marvin Lessen wrote an article in the British Numismatic Journal Volume 65, 1995 entitled "Simon's Mill Gold Coins and Medals of Charles II 1660-62" where he states these silver pieces are Restoration medallions with this type catalogued on page 154. For many years previously there had been a contention on whether these pieces may have been patterns for coinage, specifically the Halfcrown.

Provenance:

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, May 1996, item 2085.

Ex Colin Adams, Collection of Halfcrowns, 1st December 2005, lot 288.

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