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BM02367

Charles II 1670 Halfcrown

Charles II (1660-85), silver Halfcrown, 1670, E over R in ET on reverse, third laureate and draped bust right, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, CAROLVS. II. DEI. GRATIA, rev. crowned cruciform emblematic shields, interlinked Cs in angles, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, seven strings to Irish harp, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, MAG. BR.FRA. ET.HIB REX. edge inscribed in raised letters, .+. DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. VICESIMO. SECVNDO, weight 14.71g (Bull 454 R5; ESC -; S.3365). Toned, some adjustment marks at centre of reverse, a bold very fine to good very fine and extremely 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 twenty second 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.

Provenance:

Ex Croydon Coin Auctions, April 1995, lot 140.

Colin Adams, Collection of Halfcrowns, Spink, 1st December 2005, lot 309.

Barry Pritchard Collection, Baldwin Auction 57, 23rd September 2009. Lot 658.

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