Estimate: 200 000 USD
Price realized: 170 000 USD
Charles I gold Triple Unite 1643 MS61 NGC, Oxford mint, Civil War issue, Plume mm, S-2727, N-2383, SCBI 33 (Brooker)-839 (this coin), Beresford/Jones-VI/L5. An outstanding specimen of this remarkable coinage, the largest gold issue of England and one of the most refined of the Civil War issues. The strike is exacting and perfectly centered on a round flan of very good metal, despite some minor weakness in the reverse legends and date, the result of an aged and reworked die. The portrait of Charles is superb, intricately engraved and exhibiting very little weakness of detail while the lustrous surfaces are bathed in a light olive-russet tone, deepening into protected areas in and around the devices to provide for a very appealing contrast. There are few post-strike imperfections of note besides a small handful of minuscule and ancient scratches. The small irregularity in the left obverse field along the king's sword blade appears in fact to be light ghosting from one of the reverse plumes, rather than an abrasion as it may appear upon initial inspection. In the aggregate, this is a truly exceptional example of one of the most iconic issues of Early-Modern Europe and and well-deserving of a place in the finest of British cabinets.
Ex. St. James (Auction 18, September 2011, Lot 63), realized £135,000 (approx. $211,000)
Ex. St. James (Auction 12, November 2009, Lot 436), realized £96,000 (approx. $159,000)
Ex. Brooker Collection (sold at unknown date by private treaty through Spink)
Ex. Farquhar Collection (Glendining, April 1955, Lot 25)
Ex. O'Hagan Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, July 1908, Lot 150), realized £10
Ex. Montagu Collection, Third Part (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, November 1896, Lot 471), realized £20
Ex. Kirk Collection (Sotheby, December 1884, Lot 82)
An interesting glimpse into the volatility of the Civil War period is illustrated by the dual reverse legends of this piece: "EXURGAT DEUS DISSIPENTUR INIMICI," which translates to "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered" and "RELIGIO PROTESTANTIUM LEGES ANGLIAE LIBERTAS PARLIAMENTI," translated "The religion of the Protestants, the laws of England, and the liberty of Parliament." This last is seemingly ironic as Charles was at war with a Parliament attempting to exercise liberty against what in their view was a tyrannical and absolute monarchy.
From the Burford Collection
Estimate: 200000-250000 USD