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AM00412

Charles II Unite, Second hammered Issue, dies O3/R10, R4, XF45

Charles II (1660-85), gold Unite, second issue with mark of value behind laureate and draped bust left, initial mark crown, CAROLVS. II. D. G. MAG. BRIT. FRAN. ET. HIB. REX, outer beaded border both sides, rev. crowned quartered oval shield of arms, C to left, R to right, .FLORENT. CONCORDIA, REGNA., 9.04g (Schneider class II, obverse 3, reverse -, Schneider Collection 393; Bull EGC 121 plate coin dies O3/R10 R4; N.2754; S.3304). With pleasing red tone, some light hairlines, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as XF45, the reverse die was not known to Schneider when he wrote his article about these coins c.1969.

NGC Certification 5880727-010.

These 22 carat gold Twenty Shilling pieces were the last hammered gold coins produced before the total adoption of milled machinery. The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Charles by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland"; and on the reverse "Through concord Kingdoms flourish."

The second issue of hammered gold coins were produced in 1662 and the calendar year output totalled £31,186.

Provenance:
Ex St James Auction 22, 1st October 2012, lot 428.

This coin is illustrated on page 83 of the new English Gold Coinage book by Maurice Bull.

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