Pontefract 1648 shilling KM-383.2

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 21054
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This specimen was lot 21054 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $9,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Pontefract. Shilling, 1648. Charles I (1625-49). PCGS EF-45 Secure Holder. Reverse shows image of Pontefract Castle and commemorates the siege endured by the royalists at this fortress in October 1648. Having held off Oliver Cromwell's troops, they issued this type in the name of Charles II, after the execution in London of his father on January 30, 1649. The legend reads 'POST MORTEM PATRIS PRO FILIO', or 'After the Death of the Father, we support the Son'. The royalists finally surrendered in March 1649 when the futility of their situation became obvious. Premium quality for the issue, and nicely centered on a broad octagonal flan, with great detail over the devices and peripheral legends. The eye appeal is further enhanced by attractive deep gray toning. A piece of great historical importance that is rarely seen in auction. From the John Whitney Walter Collection. Ex: Coin Galleries auction April 14, 1999." This specimen is labeled as "unique" in the SCWC. The royalists also issued another shilling (KM 380), a unite and a half crown.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 4.38 g.

Catalog reference: S-3151; North-2649; KM-383.2 (The SCWC plate coin).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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