Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Oliver Cromwell, Great Britain, 1658 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 527

Silver coin; Denomination: Shilling
Tower Mint, London
Commonwealth of England, protectorship of Oliver Cromwell, (1653-1658).

Even though many circulated, the Cromwell issues are classed as patterns, as they were not 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. A shilling is a 12 pence coin.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.981 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: oliver cromwell
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: 1658 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
Obverse Description: Laureate and draped bust of Cromwell facing right; around, OLIVAR D G RP ANG SCO HIB &c PRO
Reverse Description: Ornate 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 1658, 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: Silver
Issued By: Oliver Cromwell, England, Great Britain
Mint: Tower Mint
Artist: Thomas Simon - Royal Mint, London
  1. [Book], J. North, English Hammered Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1963, North 2747 Pages
  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3228 Pages

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