Great Britain 1652 shilling

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30127
Great Britain 1652 shilling rev H3029-30127.jpg

This specimen was lot 30127 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description[1] noted, "Commonwealth Shilling 1652, Sun mm, MS63 NGC. Though the flan is a bit ragged and shows minor cracking, the design is good and sharp in strike with fully readable date and legends. This example possesses variegated russet gray toning, choice surfaces, so all in all is a pleasing example of the denomination, indicated on the obverse as 'XII' for 12 pence." 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. The silver coinage is generally more available but often badly made. This type is listed with the sun mint mark for 1649-57 and with the anchor mint mark for 1658-60. Portrait shillings also exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S-3217, North-2724, KM-390.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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