Coin - Shilling, Charles I, Great Britain, 1639-1640 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 447

Silver coin; Denomination: Shilling
Tower Mint, London
Charles I (1625-1649)

A shilling is a 12 pence coin
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 6.010 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: charles i
Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard Collection, 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: working strikes
Series: Hammered
DateEra: 1639-1640 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
Obverse Description: Crowned bust of the King facing left wearing a lace collar and armour; behind, the denomination in pence in Roman numerals, XII; around, (mm. triangle) CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FR ET HIB REX
Reverse Description: Flat topped shield quartered with combined arms of England and France (1st and 4th), Scotland and Ireland over a cross moline; around, CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO (mm. triangle) (translation: I reign under the auspices of Christ)
Edge Description: plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Charles I, England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London

The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at the time this coin was struck and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint
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  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 2799 Pages
  3. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.


Tom Posted on 05 Oct 2014 10:19 PM
This is a very rare coin which although hammered was struck from an obverse die prepared by Nicholas Briot for his machine made coins, muled with a standard Tower mint reverse. As the privy mark has been altered from an anchor to a triangle it must be assumed this was to avoid wasting the dies rather than an error. Cf Brooker 739-740 Spink 2862A

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