Pattern Coin - Broad, Oliver Cromwell, Great Britain, 1656 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 521

Gold coin; Denomination, Broad
Tower Mint, London.
Commonwealth of England, protectorship of Oliver Cromwell, (1653-1658)

Even though many circulated, the Cromwell issues are classed as patterns since they were neither tested in the trial of the pyx nor were they mentioned in the proclamation for the withdrawal of the coinage of the Commonwealth in 1661. The broad was current at 20 shillings
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.073 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Thomas Simon, Engraver (1618-1665), The Tower Mint, 1300-1809, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
Series: Cromwell
DateEra: 1656 AD
Denomination: Broad
Obverse Description: Laureate and draped bust of Cromwell facing right; around, OLIVAR D G R P ANG SCO HIB &c PRO
Reverse Description: Crowned shield quartered with the cross of St George (1 and 4), cross of St. Andrew and Irish harp; with the Protector's family arms, a lion rampant, at the centre; around, PAX QVAERITVR BELLO 1656, the date being divided by the cross on the top of the crown. (translation: peace is sought by war)
Edge Description: horizontal milled
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Oliver Cromwell, England, Great Britain
Mint: London Tower (Mint)
  1. [Book], J. North, English Hammered Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1963, North 2744 Pages
  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3225 Pages

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