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FM18336

Charles II Shilling first issue, engraved by Thomas Simon

Charles II (1660-85), silver Shilling, first hammered issue (1660-61), crowned bust left, without mark of value, legend and toothed borders surrounding both sides, initial mark crown both sides, no stops either side of mint mark on obverse, CAROLVS. II. D. G. MAG. BRIT. FR. ET. HIB. REX,rev. long cross fourchée over quartered shield of arms, more squat smaller harp with seven strings, .CHRISTO. AVSPICE. REGNO., weight 6.06g (Bull 273; ESC 1009; N.2762; S.3308).Toned, slightly double struck, some flan flaws and weak in parts, an artful piece of work by Thomas Simon, good very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Charles the Second by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland"; and on the reverse "I reign under the auspice of Christ."

Provenance:

Ex Spink and Son Ltd, August 2009.

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