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Charles II 1679 Crown third bust

Charles II (1660-85), silver Crown, 1679, third laureate and draped bust right, 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, eight strings to Irish harp, legend and toothed border surrounding, MAG. BR.FRA. ET.HIB. REX., edge inscribed in raised letters, .+ DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO... REGNI. TRICESIMO. PRIMO+., weight 30.28g (Bull 403; ESC 56; S.3358). Toned, with some light haymarking mainly on obverse, almost extremely fine.

The year 1679 marks the transitional period for two years of the changeover of bust from the third to the fourth types. Both busts exist on the Crowns of 1679 and 1680 though one does not seem to be particularly rarer than the other. The gold Five Guineas had also made a bust transition the year before in 1678.

Provenance:
Ex Mason Collection of Crowns and Halfcrowns, A. H. Baldwin, Auction 37, 4th May 2004, lot 898.

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