Coins of the English Civil War      h1

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England, Charles I
silver pound, 1642, Oxford mint h5

S-2940; KM-239.2; N-2398; Brooker-860. h6

Stack's: Anaheim, CA, 10 Aug 2016, lot# 20574
(ex-The Rye Collection)

PCGS: VF Details, due to an old cleaning. No apparent hairlines although the color is a bit lighter. The dent at the King's horse is an "as-made" flan flaw. I have been unable to find any reference or provinence to the Rye Collection

Stack's description:
RARE. Smaller Shrewsbury horseman trampling arms which contain a cannon. Very well struck with essentially no doubling anywhere, legends and inscriptions are full and complete. Some edge knocks as would be expected and there is a few small planchet flaws on the obverse near the King's knee. Some evidence of old cleaning which is now toning over with a light to medium gray color. A very nice example of this desirable large size silver piece. -p

The reverse legend, surrounding the inner beaded circle, reads:

Let God Arise [and] Let His Enemies Be Scattered
-- (Psalm 68:1)


While neither Heritage nor Stacks nor NGC list any weights, the Spinks (London) website has one silver pound listed: same year & mint at 118.02 grams. A number of other silver crowns (1/4 of a pound) of that era weigh from 29.22 to 30.02 grams so the target weight should be around 120 grams. -font
The PCGS listing: VF details
Tony Clayton's website on English coinage

England, Oliver Cromwell
Lord Protector, half crown, 1658
(Karl Stephens ca. 1990)

Technically these were coins of the Commonwealth, however near Cromwell's death in 1658 a few coins were issued dated 1656 and 1658. The '56 issues appear to be quite uncommon. These appear to be more than just patterns with some, particularly the shillings, showing evidence of extensive circulation.


Technically this is not an English Civil War period issue. The Civil War had largely ended by 1645 and the King, Charles I, was beheaded in 1649. However, Oliver Cromwell is so connected to the history of the period that I've decided to include one of his coins here.

A great movie on Cromwell is "Cromwell" 1970, historical drama film written and directed by Ken Hughes starring Richard Harris.


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