1645 CHARLES I HEREFORD MINT HALFCROWN

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.

Provenance

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.


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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.

Provenance

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.

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