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Commonwealth 1653 gold Unite

Commonwealth (1649-60), gold Unite of Twenty Shillings, 1653, English shield within laurel and palm branch, legends in English language, initial mark sun, .THE. COMMONWEALTH. OF. ENGLAND., rev. English and Irish shields, value .XX. above, beaded circle and legend surrounding, date at top, legend surrounding, .GOD. WITH. VS., weight 9.14g (Schneider 341; N.2715; S.3208). Once cleaned with a light overtone, broadly struck, a bold very fine.

All gold coins of this period are struck in 22 carat gold and are the first British coins to have legends in plain English.

Provenance:

Ex Clarendon Collection, part 2, Bonhams, 17th October 2006.

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