Gold coin; Denomination: Double-crown
Tower Mint, London.
Commonwealth of England, Richard Cromwell, (1658-1659)
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 double-crown, also known as a half-unite or half-broad, was valued at 10 shillings, indicated by the Roman numeral X above the shields on the reverse. The anchor mint mark on this piece indicates that it was struck under the protectorship of Richard Cromwell, brother and sucessor of Oliver.
Within a wreath of palm and laurel a shield bearing the cross of St. George; around, (mm. anchor) 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, X; around, GOD WITH VS 1660
Purchase from Spink Noble Numismatics, 18/11/1993
Type of item
4.426 g (Weight)
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