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.

Obverse Description

Within a wreath of palm and laurel a shield bearing the cross of St. George; around, (mm. anchor) 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, X; around, GOD WITH VS 1660

Edge Description


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