Gold coin; Denomination: Crown
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 crown was valued at 5 shillings, indicated by the Roman numeral V above the shields on the reverse. By order of Parliament, the legends are in English instead of Latin. The sun mint mark was used 1649-1657.

Obverse Description

Within a wreath of palm and laurel a shield bearing the cross of St. George; around, (mm. sun) COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND

Reverse Description

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, V; around, GOD WITH VS 1651

Edge Description


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