Gold coin; Denomination, Broad
Tower Mint, London.
Commonwealth of England, protectorship of Oliver Cromwell, (1653-1658)

Even though many circulated, the Cromwell issues are classed as patterns since they were neither tested in the trial of the pyx nor were they mentioned in the proclamation for the withdrawal of the coinage of the Commonwealth in 1661. The broad was current at 20 shillings

Obverse Description

Laureate and draped bust of Cromwell facing right; around, OLIVAR D G R P ANG SCO HIB &c PRO

Reverse Description

Crowned shield quartered with the cross of St George (1 and 4), cross of St. Andrew and Irish harp; with the Protector's family arms, a lion rampant, at the centre; around, PAX QVAERITVR BELLO 1656, the date being divided by the cross on the top of the crown. (translation: peace is sought by war)

Edge Description

horizontal milled

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