Own one of the most sought-after coins; 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.
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.
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 This could be supported by the rarity of all Cromwell portrait coins, but there are historical references to Cromwell coin being very worn, and therefore it appears that a small number were issued for circulation, and did in fact circulate for a number of years.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.
HAS NISI PERITVRVS MIHI ADIMAT NEMO
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,
OLIVAR D G R P ANG SCO ET HI & PRO
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,
1656 PAX QUAERITUR BELLO
Translates to "peace is sought by war".
Spink reference 3227
|Obverse Designer||Thomas Simon|
|Reverse Designer||Thomas Simon|
|Issuing Monarch||Commonwealth Period (1649 - 1660)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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