Printed Auction 37 Aftersale Lot 160

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Printed Auction 37 Aftersale Lot 160

Charles II. 1660-1685. AR shilling. 5.89 gm. 26 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; choice coin with attractive light toning over fresh surfaces; some obverse metal surface not fully annealed—on the flan before striking; overall this Simon issue is as made and is particularly rare thus.

This was a hastily produced issue. A month after Charles' 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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