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Author Topic: Rare English Civil War era coin could fetch up to 50,000 at auction  (Read 5955 times)
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« on: March 01, 2015, 10:21:32 PM »


By OLLIE GILLMAN    1 March 2015
     
An extremely rare 1 coin dating back to the start of English Civil War is expected to fetch 50,000 at auction.
The solid silver 1643 Declaration Pound was struck in Oxford, which was Charles I's seat of power after he withdrew from London.
Charles was beheaded just six years after the coin was created, but an inscription on the back declares the King's belief that he could not be toppled.
   
The coin was made as the a new mint was set up in the city and was created to launch an official currency for parts of the country under the King's command.
The legend on the back of the coin translates as 'Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered', symbolising the King's belief in the 'absolute monarch'.
The words were a declaration of the King's power, but this belief in an almighty monarchy caused some of the tensions which led to the Civil War between the Royalist Cavaliers and the Parliamentarian Roundheads.

The large coin, which is more two inches across and remains in good condition, was passed down through one family for generations but the current owner did not realise its value.
Timothy Medhurst, a coin specialist and auctioneer at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester, Dorset, where the coin will be sold, said it was the type of item he dreams of finding.
'This coin marked Charles I's attempts to regain his failing power and it represents a pivotal moment in the history of the British Isles,' he said.
   
Charles I was beheaded just six years after the coin was created, but an inscription on the back declares the King's belief that he could not be toppled
'It is a coin which is rare to find and it will cause a stir in the coin collecting world.
'The value of coins from this period are at an all-time high, and it will be highly sought after.

'The coin has been handed down through several generations to the current owner, who had no idea of its value and is as excited about the auction as I am.
'It is fair to say that 1643 was a crucial year in the history of the Civil War and it is fascinating to think that this coin was produced by hand, in silver, at such a tumultuous time.

'It was only six years after this coin was struck that Charles I was beheaded and labelled as "tyrant, traitor, murderer and public enemy" by the 59 judges who found him guilty of high treason.'
The English Civil War (1642-1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between the Roundheads and Cavaliers in the Kingdom of England.
It led to Charles I being beheaded and his son being exiled in 1649 as the monarchy was replaced by a protectorate, led by Oliver Cromwell.
After Cromwell's death, his son Richard was unable to maintain the confidence of the New Model Army, causing the protectorate to fall and the monarchy to be restored with Charles II on the throne in 1660.


Auction: March 12th


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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2015, 10:35:16 PM »

When I mean  wow I mean wow what a lovely coin best of luck to the owner well done.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2015, 10:36:56 PM »

Thats a beautiful coin, and a great read as well
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2015, 10:58:44 PM »

Amazing and it's not even mint condition.  Wish I'd had someone pass it down through my family.

Interesting read, thanks for posting Neil.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 12:11:44 AM »

Apart from the double striking, that's a nice example.

I've thought about (one day) buying a silver pound - slightly less ornate examples can be bought from about 4k upwards - I've got a half pound though which is still a fairly hefty coin.

Mind you the nice gold ones are actually a lot cheaper..... (*except for declaration types)
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 10:13:22 AM »

Nice read ,thanks
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 04:40:12 PM »

Nice coin, good luck to the owners Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2015, 05:08:59 PM »

Thank you Neil for a great and informative piece on that fantastic coin!!
WOW!! What a "hand me down", like Val said,why couldn't someone in my lot hand one of these beauties down to me!!!💸💸💸 Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2015, 07:24:07 PM »

Wow thats a big bit of silver and a hell of a signal, I think im right in saying that radnorbandit has actually held or seen one Im sure, think this was at ludlow museum, when he was taking stuff  into the flo.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2015, 07:48:29 PM »

I've got my silver crown to hand down. That's assuming they don't skip it with everything else when I peg it.

Maybe in 400 years it'll be worth more than the 5 Probono estimated. Roll Eyes

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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2015, 08:31:35 PM »

Hey Val,melt it down into a"silver bullet"that way you can go on for a good 400 years+😉
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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2015, 08:58:33 PM »

AMR Coins just listed one today, the horse looks good galloping on arms.

 http://www.amrcoins.com/coins-for-sale/HS-1265/
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2015, 09:39:48 AM »

AMR Coins just listed one today, the horse looks good galloping on arms.

 http://www.amrcoins.com/coins-for-sale/HS-1265/


Bit out of my price range at the moment Smiley - I did see a cheaper example on the London Coins Auction last weekend.

Did find my James I crown which I'd lost yesterday though, so that was something Smiley
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