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FM22834

Commonwealth 1657 Unite, one of the rarer dates, final for mint mark

Commonwealth (1649-60),gold Unite of Twenty Shillings, 1657, English shield within 15 leaf 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, .GOD. WITH. VS., weight 8.97g (Schneider 345; Bull EGC 29 R4; N.2715; S.3208).Toned, some light wear to high points and with one tiny patch of scrub from a spot removal to left of value, otherwise a bold very fine and an extremely rare date, the first we have handled for sale, has been slabbed by NGC accordingly as AU details spot removal cleaned.

NGC Certification 2119524-037.

This is the largest denomination gold coin of the Commonwealth, with all hammered coins of this period being the first British coins to have legends in plain English. The gold of the third long accounting period of the Commonwealth totalled £23,111 from 1st December 1653 until 30th November 1657 which covers four different dates.

Provenance:

Ex Spink Coin Auction, 26th March 2008, lot 840.

Ex Sincona British Collection, part one, Sincona Auction 72, 21st November 2021, lot 622.

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