1636 CHARLES I contemporary forgery of a Tower mint HALFCROWN

£ 750.00

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”.

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Ex Messrs A.H.Baldwins Forgery cabinet 


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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”.

Provenance 

Ex Messrs A.H.Baldwins Forgery cabinet 

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