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Charles I, Halfcrown, Exeter, 1642

Price £12,500

Charles I, Halfcrown, Exeter, 1642

Charles I (1625-49), Halfcrown, dated 1642, Exeter Mint, King on horseback galloping over arms, holding marshal's baton aloft, sash flowing behind, initial mark Truro rose, inner and outer beaded circle and legend surrounding both sides, rev oval quartered shield with scroll garnish, with lion's paws at sides, date in cartouche below, initial mark Exeter rose, 13.80g (Besly L28; Liddel type 1a – example 6; Bull 663/28; Brooker 1014; N 2534; S 3071).

A little creased and straightened, with a few surface marks, otherwise good fine, rare.

ex Arthur Chesser Collection, DNW Auction 113, 17th September 2012, lot 60. The weight of this example matches example 6 as listed in the British Numismatic Journal article Charles I Truro / Exeter Halfcrowns by D G Liddell and P A Rayner in volume 30, 1960-61, pages 151-158 now reproduced in the rear of the Bull catalogue.

Example 6 is listed in 1960 as belonging to Dr Burstal who also owned number 5; as number 6 was not in his sale of 1968 and quite clearly is not as nice, Dr Burstal must have sold this duplicate example 6 between this article and 1968 right at the time that Arthur Chesser was buying. We note a “best fit” example in similar grade, though not weighed, was sold without illustration at Glendining on 17th March 1961 lot 461 for £50 bought by Spink; and no doubt sold on privately possibly to Chesser if the same piece.