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Charles II Pattern Farthing Peck 397

Charles II (1660-85), copper Pattern Farthing, 1662, cruciform crowned emblems, legend and toothed border surrounding, CARO LVS. A. CARO LO. Followed by small lion, rev. inverted die axis, three mast ship in full sail left, legend around, QVATVOR. MARIA. VINDICO., edge inscribed in raised letter +. MONETÆ. INSTAVRATOR.* 1662. Weight 6.02g (Peck 397). Some nicks around edge and surface marks, toned a bold fine and rare.

The Latin abbreviated legends translate as "Charles son of Charles" and on the reverse "I claim the four seas," additionally on the edge a fitting legend for the earliest pattern copper coin of the reign, "Initiator of the coinage."

Provenance:

This coin illustrated in "Coinage and Currency in Eighteenth Century Britain, The Provincial Coinage" by David W Dykes, page 23, number 21b.

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