• 1656 Oliver Cromwell Halfcrown Obverse
    Obverse Irregular Edge
  • 1656 Oliver Cromwell Halfcrown Reverse
    Reverse Irregular Edge
  • 1656 Oliver Cromwell Halfcrown Obverse
  • 1656 Oliver Cromwell Halfcrown Reverse
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1656 Oliver Cromwell Silver Half Crown gFine

Own one of the most sought-after coins - the 1656 Oliver Cromwell HI Type Half Crown

This coin is graded as good fine with irregular edges.

You may also be interested in the 1658 HIB Type Half Crown.


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The English Commonwealth

These coins were issued during the Commonwealth Period (1649-1660). 

Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protector during the Commonwealth Period from 1653 until his death in 1658.

The "Cromwell Coins" shows new coin press techniques during the Commonwealth, moving on from hammered coins. The new technique was to prevent clipping and forgery of coins. The Mint resumed production of hammered coins after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

Pattern Coins?

It is believed by many that the Cromwell coins were intended only as patterns for an intended coinage,and were never issued for circulation. This could be supported by the rarity of all Cromwell portrait coins, but there are historical references to Cromwell coin being very worn, and therefore it appears that a small number were issued for circulation, and did in fact circulate for a number of years. All Cromwell coins are difficult to find in any condition, and their prices reflect this.

Edge Inscription


Translates to "let no one remove these from me under penalty of death".


The draped bust of Oliver Cromwell with a laureate wreath, facing left. 

The legend reads, in Latin, 


Translates to "Oliver by the Grace of God, Protector of the Republic of England, Scotland and Ireland".


The reverse shows a crowned shield with the legend,


Translates to "peace is sought by war".

Spink reference 3227


Obverse DesignerThomas Simon
Reverse DesignerThomas Simon
Issuing Monarch Commonwealth Period (1649 - 1660)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

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If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

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