Great Britain 1650 double crown Fr-270
This specimen was lot 20185 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $14,100. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Commonwealth, 1649-1660. Double-crown, 1650. Sun. St. George’s shield within palm and laurel branches. Rv. Conjoined shields, St. George’s cross left and Harp right, ‘X’ above, all within beaded circle. Motto GOD WITH US. Another very sharp example. Struck from an interesting die that reveals a raised dot at the center of the obverse cross and leaves the Sun mark with human facial details. The coin exhibits light cabinet wear only and hints of proof-like surfaces can be seen under subdued golden toning. Perfect for the grade. Extremely Fine. Ex: Spink, 1984." By 1650, king Charles was dead and his son fled into exile but Cromwell was unable to bring unity to England. The gold coins of his rule (unite, double crown and crown) are all rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, this specimen 70.1 grains.
Catalog reference: S-3210; North-2717; Fr-270; KM-394.1.
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