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Commonwealth 1651 Blondeau Pattern Shilling

Commonwealth (1649-60), pattern milled silver Shilling, 1651, by Peter Blondeau, English shield within laurel and palm branch, legends in English language, initial mark sun, THE. COMMONWEALTH. OF. ENGLAND, rev. English and Irish shields, value XII above, beaded circle and legend surrounding, date at top, legend surrounding, .GOD. WITH. VS., edge milled, weight 5.94g (Bull 173 R3; ESC 1002 R3). Toned very fine and very rare.

These milled patterns are the first machine made pieces of the Commonwealth period along with the companion Halfcrowns of this date. They were made by the inventor of the machinery for the edge marking process Frenchman Peter Blondeau who ended up in a competition against the hammered workers of the Corporation of Moneyers to see who could produce the best quality pieces for a certain quantity in a certain time. The hammered workers reigned supreme in 1651 rendering these patterns as an enigma of that event.

The Commonwealth coins were the first in the British series to carry English language legends.

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