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FM20288

Charles II 1663 Crown, first bust no rose, frosted cloak, no stops on reverse, rare

Charles II (1660-85), silver Crown, 1663, first laureate and draped bust right, variety with frosted drapery, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, CAROLVS . II. DEI. GRATIA., rev. inverted die axis, crowned cruciform shields, pairs of interlinked Cs in angles, garter star at centre, nine strings to Irish harp, date either side of top crown, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, no stops in legend, MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX, edge inscribed in raised letters, lettering of inverted orientation to obverse with words of closely spaced letters, ++DECVS ET TVTAMEN * ANNO REGNI XV, weight 29.72g (Bull 360 R2; ESC 27A R; S.3354). Toned, with some flecking, very fine, reverse a little stronger, rare variety.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Charles the Second, by the grace of God" and on the reverse, "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" and additionally on the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the 15th year of the reign." The regnal year for Charles II always ignores the Commonwealth period and counts the regnal year from the death of his Father in January 1648/9.

We note the silver output for the calendar year of 1663 was £305,078 and would have been spread across Crowns, Halfcrowns and Shillings, the fifth highest of the milled period in this reign.

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