Starting Price: 12 000 USD
Commonwealth (1649-60), Gold Half-Unite or Double Crown of ten shillings, 1651. English shield within laurel and palm branch, legends in English language, initial mark sun.THE. COMMONWEALTH. OF. ENGLAND., rev. English and Irish shields, value .X. above, beaded circle and legend surrounding, date at top.GOD. WITH. VS., weight 4.50g (Schneider 350; N.2717; S.3210). Attractively toned, with underlying brilliance and well centred, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as MS61. Estimated Value $15,000
NGC Certification 5880621-004. We note at the time of writing that there are only three examples graded higher than this piece across both services. This is the mid-denomination gold coin of the Commonwealth, with all hammered coins of this period being the first British coins to have legends in plain English. The accounting periods of this time period were long and all the gold output is known only as a total over a 30 month period from 16th May 1649 until Christmas Day 1651, which amounted to £34,505.
Ex St James Auction 22, 1st October 2012, lot 425.