Gold coin; Denomination, Unite
Tower Mint, London.
Commonwealth of England (1649-1653)
The Tower mint had been ceased by the Parliament in 1642 but it continued to mint in the name of Charles I until the monachy was abolished by Parliament in 1649. The Unite was valued at 20 shillings, indicated by the Roman numeral XX above the shields on the reverse.
Within a wreath of palm and laurel a shield bearing the cross of St. George; around, (mm. sun) THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND
Within a beaded inner circle two conjoined shields, the one on the left bearing the cross of St. George and on the right, the Irish Harp; above, the denomination in shillings, XX; around, GOD WITH VS 1653
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929
Type of item
9.192 g (Weight)
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