This coin is holed and therefore is likley to be a cast copy of a half-crown silver coin, minted by the Tower Mint, London for the 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.
Within a wreath of palm and laurel a shield bearing the cross of St. George; around, (mm. sun) THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND (edge damage through E 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, .II.VI.; around, GOD WITH VS 1652
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
35 mm (Outside Diameter), 11.682 g (Weight)
holed, may be a cast copy
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