Charles I (1625-1649) Hereford mint, Halfcrown, 1645, King on horseback left, rev. oval shield within Garter, supported by lion and unicorn, crown and small crowned C R above, date 1645 below (Bull 683/62; N 2359; S 2915).
Officially holed through centre during The Great Recoiange of 1696, excessively rare and one of the most enigmatic issues of the Englsih Civil War. This particular specimen of good silver, as the undated type in the British Museum. Six of the handful of known specimens of the type halfcrown, now reside in the Ashmoleon, Fitzwilliam, National Museum of Wales (2) and British Musuems (2) Collections.
E. Elmann Collection, Glendining Auction, 11-12 July 1929, lot 449
A. E. Bray Collection Glendining Auction, 1985, lot 134 Glendining Auction, 4 June 1992, lot 447
The reverse type of this coin is unique among the silver issues of Charles I, showing as it does the Gartered arms with lion and unicorn supporters, a design normally reserved for gold coinage. This specimen was also the subject of an article by Garry Charman in which he postulated that the central piercing was done during the 1696 recoinage (SCMB May 1984, pp.129-132). The present specimen appears to be of fine silver, unlike the other ebased examples of the dated variety.
Victoria (1837 – 1901), 1887 Set of Golden Jubilee Currency Coins, Gold Five Pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign, Silver Crown, Double-Florin, Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence, (S 3864, 3865, 3866, 3869, 3921, 3923, 3924, 3925, 3926, 3927, 3928, 3931)
The gold with some marks however good Extremely Fine and the silver darkly toned with hints of blue.
Charles I (1625-1649), A contemporary forgery of a Tower mint Halfcrown, as Group II, mm. tun on rev. only, second horseman, no ground line rev. large oval garnished shield between C R, reads c · arolvs, reversed g in regno (Bull F3; SCBI Brooker 1186 [= Lockett 3404], same dies) weight – 15.61 grams
A contemporay forgery of good style, metal and weight, and in our opinion the work of a Tower Mint apprentice. Of the known other coins struck from this die, includes the J G Brookers specimen (1186), which was also formerly in the possesion of R C Lockett (lot 3404), Ex H Montagu, part II, Sotheby, 13 November 1896, lot 579 – £19.0.0, and Ex H Webb, part I, Sotheby, 9-14 July 1894, lot 413 – “this is struck on a piece of silver of diamond shape, well preserved and extra rare” – £20.10.0. In the Brooker Sylloge this actual coin is referenced as “a die duplicate is in the Messrs Baldwins forgery cabinet, on a properly sheared blank”. This also the illustrated coins featured in Bulls ” The Halfcrowns of Charles I”, Volume V.
In January 2019, the Brooker example of this contemporary forgery sold for £1860 in the Spink Auction 19025, lot 1694 where the following notes were added “Imitations struck from these dies are also known in base metal (cf. Adams, Spink 177, lot 100 and DNW 43, 8-9 October 1999, lot 631). Furthermore, at the Sotheby sale of 23 June 1898, lot 115 featured “an impression in pewter of a Tower Halfcrown, type 2c, m.m. on rev. ton”, the dies of which the cataloguer added: “are said to have been found beneath the Houses of Parliament and that only two examples were struck, the second one being in the BM”.
Victoria (1837 – 1901), Sovereign, 1850, second larger young head left, date below , rev. crowned quartered shield of arms within laurel wreath, emblems below (S 3852C; Marsh 33)
NGC graded MS66 – The SINGLE finest graded 1850 Sovereign at NGC. This pheonominal specimen exhibits an exceptionally bold strike with fully glowing lustre. To remain at this level of grade after 169 years is truly outstanding and certainly a coin for the connoisseur.
Notes from The Bentley Collection Catalogue refering to the 1850 Sovereign
” Mintage 1,402,039 With a relatively low calendar year mintage the 1850 Sovereign has always been considered a rare date in the series, and was perhaps more highly thought of in dealer’s lists of some 50 or 60 years ago, where it is rated as very rare. Other specimens must have come to light since then, as in this cataloguer’s experience the date is merely rare and is on par for availability with the 1849 Sovereign, which is of a similar quantity of mintage, and rated therefore the same by Marsh. Of course in the top grades, as we have demonstrated here, any Sovereign, even for a more common mintage, can be considered rare or even very rare.”