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BM02344

Charles II 1666 Elephant Crown

Charles II (1660-85), silver Crown, 1666, elephant below second laureate and draped bust right, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, CAROLVS. II. DEI. GRATIA, rev. crowned cruciform shields, pairs of interlinked Cs in angles, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB. REX. edge inscribed in raised letters, +.DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. . ANNO. REGNI. XVIII.+ (Bull 368; ESC 33 R; S.3356). Toned, just a little weak on the high points both sides and a touch weak at date, otherwise practically extremely fine and very rare this nice with an impeccable provenance.

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," additionally on the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the 18th year of the reign," the regnal year being counted from the time of the death of Charles I his Father.

The elephant was the provenance mark of Company of the Royal Adventurers of England trading into Africa set up in 1662.

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin stock, October 1974.

Ex Harrington E Manville Collection, Spink Auction 9, 4th June 1980, lot 12.

Myron Kaufman Collection, Spink auction 124, 18th November 1997.

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