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.

Obverse Description

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)

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, .II.VI.; around, GOD WITH VS 1652

Edge Description


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