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HM29871

Charles II 1680 Halfcrown CGS VF55, ex Colin Adams Collection

Charles II (1660-85), silver Halfcrown, 1680, fourth 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. TRICESIMO. SECVNDO+ (Bull 489 R3; ESC 485 R3; S.3367). Slightly uneven though attractive tone with some flecking, weakly struck on bust which is soft as usual, otherwise a bold very fine and had been graded by CGS UK as VF55, with a good provenance and extremely rare.

CGS Certification HC.C2.1680.01

The Latin legends on this coin translate as "Charles the Second, by the grace of God" on the obverse, "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" on the reverse, and finally on the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the thirty first year of his reign" the regnal year being counted for Charles II from the death of his Father, as if the Commonwealth period of rule did not take place.

Provenance:

Ex Colin Adams collection of Halfcrowns, Spink Coin Auction 161, 1st December 2005, lot 353.

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