Great Britain (1641-43) crown Fr-248
This specimen was lot 20305 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,200. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Crown, ND (1641-43). Charles I (1625-49). NGC MS-62. Head of King facing left, legend around; Reverse: Crowned oval garnished arms, flanked by crowned 'C' and 'R'. Mintmark: triangle in circle. A rather weak strike from well worn dies with an abundance of luster showing its uncirculated status. The crown was five shillings; during the reign of Charles II and with the advent of milled coinage, the gold crown would be abandoned in favor of the silver crown." This gold crown (five shillings) was accompanied by a gold angel (Fr-245), unite (Fr-246) and double crown (Fr-247). Charles' conflicts with Parliament and his subsequent inability to raise funds cramped the production of gold.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 2.25 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 2.22 gms.
Catalog reference: S-2715; Fr-248; KM-139; North-2185a.
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