1662 Charles II Crown

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Charles II (1660-85), Crown, 1662, first laureate and draped bust right, rose below, rev crowned cruciform emblematic shields, interlinked Cs in angles, garter star at centre, date either side of crown over top English shield, edge inscribed  (S.3350 : ESC.15)

A very attractive specimen of this first issue milled crown of Charles II. Struck on a very broad flan, this handsome crown exhibits a very well defined portrait of the King and reverse, wonderfully highlighted by hints of orange lusterous tones. The obverse die showing signs of age with some of the lettering in the legends broken (this would also explain the softness of strike shown in the kings hair) otherwise an extremely strong Good Very Fine and rare in such a state of perservation.

The rose under the King’s head signifies that the silver was English. ‘In May 1661 [Charles] ordered that all coinage should be struck by machines, with edges either lettered or grained [and] demonetisation of the Commonwealth coinage was proclaimed as from 30 November. And Simon himself was sent to France to bring back the engineer Blondeau, to whom £1,000 was later to be paid for his mechanical equipment. While this was being installed [a] competition for the commissioning of the new dies was held between Simon and John Roettier, whom Charles had sent for from Flanders, not unmindful of the monetary help the family had given him in exile [and] Roettier was to have the work’.

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