Great Britain 1658 shilling
This specimen was lot 24241 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Cromwell Shilling 1658, MS62 NGC, normal sharp strike, high rims, somewhat reflective luster, rich dark gray patina. Not many of these possess this coin's gleam and eye-appeal. An exceptional example of the first true milled shilling, its dies engraved by Thomas Simon." This one year type is always in high demand, particularly considering the exquisite diework and full strike on the specimen shown here, most untypical of English coins of the period. Earlier shillings of the commonwealth (KM 390.1, struck 1649-57) are not nearly so well made.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S-3228, ESC-1005, KM A207.
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