E-Auction 39 Aftersale Lot 107

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E-Auction 39 Aftersale Lot 107

Charles II. 1660-1685. AR shilling. 5.96 gm. 31.5 mm. Thomas Simon's First hammered issue. Crown i.m. (No mark of value). His crowned bust left; no inner circle. CAROLVS II D G MAG BRIT FR ET HIB REX around / Quartered shield, long cross fleury over; CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO around (Reverse 1). S. 3308. N. 2762. ESC 272 (R). Extremely Fine; handsome, well struck portrait; beautiful irridescent old toning over fresh surfaces. An old bend across the upper left quarter is the problem that brings this piece way down in price. Struck on a defective planchet? Still, a choice coin. Rare.

This was a hastily produced issue. A month after Charles's return from exile in Breda Simon was ordered to "use all speed and diligence" to produce coins to replace the plain coinage of Cromwell and the Commonwealth. The lack of a mark of value was unpopular and the coinage was replaced a year later.


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