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Oliver Cromwell 1658 Halfcrown, engraved by Thomas Simon

Oliver Cromwell (d.1658),silver Halfcrown, 1658, laureate and draped bust left, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, OLIVAR. D.G.R.P. ANG. SCO. ET. HIB &c PRO,rev.crowned quartered shield of arms of the Protectorate, date above, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, PAX QVÆRITVR BELLO, edge inscribed in raised letters, +.HAS. NISI. PERITVRVS. MIHI. ADIMAT. NEMO. weight 15.06g (N.2746; Bull 252; ESC 447; S.3227A).Attractively toned, some light hairlines and nicks, a little wear to high points both sides, otherwise good very fine / almost extremely fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as "Oliver by the Grace of God, Protector of the Republic of England, Scotland and Ireland," and on the reverse "Peace is sought by war," and additionally on the edge "Let no one remove these from me under penalty of death."

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