Pattern Coin - Farthing, Charles II, Great Britain, 1662 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 572

Pattern copper coin; Denomination: Farthing
Royal Mint, London
King Charles II (1660-1685)

The ship on the reverse was the Sovereign of the Seas, the largest ship in existance at the time.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 6.320 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
Series: England
DateEra: 1662 AD
Denomination: Farthing
Obverse Description: Forming a cross, a crowned rose, thistle, lis and harp; around, CAROLVS A CAROLO (lion passant)
Reverse Description: Three masted ship, the Sovereign of the Seas, sailing to left; around, QVATVOR MARIA VINDICO (translation: I claim the four seas)
Edge Description: In raised letters, MONETAE INSTAVRATOR + 1662 + (translation:Initiator of the coinage)
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: King Charles II, England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London

The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at this time and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint
  1. [Book], C. Peck - British Museum Coins and Medals, English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum, London, 1970, Peck 397 Pages

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