Great Britain 1653 unite Fr-269
This specimen was lot 20184 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $11,162. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Commonwealth, 1649-1660. Unite, 1653. Sun. Superb Commonwealth Unite St. George’s shield within palm and laurel branches. Rv. Conjoined shields, St. George’s cross left and Harp right, ‘XX’ above, all within beaded circle. Motto GOD WITH US. A superb example of this popular dated type, essentially as minted; truly a great coin from any genre. The exceptional strike carries across both sides with impressive lucidity. The shield shading is perfect, as are the leaves, and pinpoint beading is evident on the reverse ring. Worth a significant premium over established catalog value. A real showpiece. About Uncirculated. Ex: Dolphin Coins, 1984 ANA." 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: 9 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 140.3 grains.
Catalog reference: S-3208; North-2715; Fr-269; KM-395.1.
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