Henry VII (1485-1509), Silver Groat, Tentative issue, crowned bust right breaking top of inner beaded circle, double band to crown, VII type legend, initial mark cross crosslet (1504-1505), rev quartered shield of arms on cross fourchée (S 2254; N 1743)
A very strong VF, with a most pleasing portrait and attractive grey tone.
Charles I (1625-1649), Exeter mint, Halfcrown, 1644, mm. rose, horse with twisted tail, rev. oval scroll-garnished shield, date to left of mm., (S 3076; N.2568; Bull 665/34; Besly N34; SCBI; Brooker -)
A superb example with a very bold and characterful horseman. Bull only records three specimens for this die variety, one of which is in the British Museums collection.
Charles I (1625 – 49) Tower mint under the King (1625 – 42) Halfcrown, Group II, type 2/1b Mule, second horseman, smaller figure of the king in armour with sword over his shoulder, on taller horse striding left, plume on horses’s head, rose on housing, reads MAG BR FR ET HI, rev. Lightly garnished square shield, large plume above mm. Heart (S.2768; N.2204; Bull 76/7) – Weight 14.68 grams
About Very Fine, extremely rare with a strong provenance. One of a few surviving examples of this brief transitional issue.
Ex V.J.E. Ryan Collection Part II, Glendining Auction, 22-4 January 1952, lot 1088
Ex R. Carlyon-Britton Collection; with Seaby 1959
Ex Dr. E. Burstal Collection, Glendining Auction, 15-16 May 1968, lot 267
Ex T.W.J.D. Dupree Collection
Ex P. Hunt Collection
Ex C. Adams Collection, Spink Auction 177, 1 December 2005, lot 82
George IV (1820-30). Proof Crown, 1826, bare head left, date below, Rev. Crowned and crested helmet over quartered shield of arms, edge inscribed in raised letters, DECUS ET TUTAMEN* ANNO REGNI SEPTIMO (S.3806; ESC 257; L&S 27; Bull ESC 2336; L&S 27; Davies 151).
Certified and graded by PCGS as Proof 64. Attractively toned, and practically as struck. Only 10 graded higher than this piece at PCGS & NGC combined.
Elizabeth II (1952 – present) , Proof Sovereign, 1989, 500th Anniversary of the Sovereign, monarch enthroned facing, rev. shield of arms upon crowned rose (S.4272)
FDC and arguably the most desirable sovereign thus far made by the Royal Mint of Queen Elizabeth II. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the first Sovereign struck under the the reign of Henry VII in 1489. This superb modern adaptation of the original coins design, features both the Queen seated on her coronation throne and a tudor rose reverse.