Charles I (1625 – 49) Tower Mint under the King (1625 – 42), Halfcrown, Group I, First horseman, type 1a3, no groundline, King on horseback holding sword above shoulder. rev. Square topped shield, crown like garnishing, mm Cross Calvary (S.2766; N.2202; Hawkins 1a3; Brooker – ; Bull 51a/6 [this coin]) – Weight 14.53 grams
Approaching Very Fine and excessively rare. This the only specimen known in private hands for this die variety, the other being in the British Museums Collection.
From the Private collection of the author of “The Halfcrowns of Charles I ” books, Maurice Bull (Bought in 1997)
Charles I (1625 – 49) Tower Mint under the King (1625 – 42), Halfcrown, Group I, First horseman type 1a3, King on horseback, no rose on housing, no ground-line mm Cross Calvary over Lis/ Cross Calvary, rev. Square-topped shield (S.2766 ; N.2202 ; Hawkins 1a3; Brooker – ; Bull 38/2 [plate coin page 117, Volume I]) – Weight 14.85 grams
Struck on an unusually full and round flan, approaching Very Fine with a softly struck horseman (presumably the die virtually on its last legs). 1 of only 4 examples known, 2 of which are now in the Ashmolean and British Museum Collections.
From the Private collection of the author of “The Halfcrowns of Charles I ” books, Maurice Bull (Bought in 1988)
Charles I (1625-1649), Exeter mint, Crown, 1645, mm. castle, crowned figure of king on horseback l., holding sword, sash flies out in two ends, rev. garnished round shield with colon stops either side of mint-mark (S 3062; N 2561; Besly D23; Brooker – ; FRC 130)
Struck on a broad flan with the characteristics associated most Exeter crowns, this particular specimen has an abundance of eye appeal and would grade as by English standards as Very Fine. 1 of only 9 known specimens to exist of this very rare die variety (D23) and a type not represented in J G Brooker’s Sylloge.
Ex Theo Bullmore Collection (sold via Roderick Richardson’s Autumn 2014 circular, coin no. 43 and described as an “ extremely rare variety “ £2,200)
Charles I (1625-49) Crown, Exeter Mint mm. Castle, 1645, Charles on horseback left, holding reins and sword rev. Coat of arms within garnished frame (S.3062; N.2561; Brooker 1045 [same dies]; Besly D/30)
Good fine with a fairly pleasing portrait of the king on horseback.