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BM03727

Commonwealth 1658 Sixpence, mint mark anchor, D over retrograde D legend

Commonwealth (1649-60), silver Sixpence, 1658, 8 struck over 7, with D over retrograde D at end of obverse legend, English shield within laurel and palm branch, legends in English language, initial mark anchor, .THE. COMMONWEALTH. OF. ENGLAND., rev. English and Irish shields, value .VI. above, beaded circle and legend surrounding, date at top, legend surrounding, .GOD. WITH. VS., weight 3.01g (Bull 211 R3; ESC 1495A R4; N.2727; S.3220). Toned, fields lightly tooled, very fine, a pleasing example, better than usually seen for the anchor mint marks with the bonus of the extremely rare D over retrograde D variety as well as the overdate, the first we have seen of this variety, the plate coin in Bull's English Silver Coinage, extremely rare.

All Commonwealth period produced the first British coins to have legends in plain English.

Provenance:

Ex David Freedman Collection, Spink Coin Auction 55, 8th October 1986, lot 78.

Ex Tisbury Collection, part II, Spink Coin Auction, 6th December 2017, lot 169.

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