Charles I (1625-49), Pound, 1643/2, Oxford mint, mint mark plume, beaded borders both sides, armoured King on horseback riding left, crowned holding upright sword, flowing sash from waist, Oxford plume in field behind, cannon amongst arms, legend surrounds CAROLVS: D:G MAGNI: BRITANI: FRAN: ET: HIB: REX,. Rev, declaration in two lines at centre between ruled lines RELIG: PROT: LEG / ANG: LIBER: PAR, three Oxford plumes above, over value .XX., date below, outer legend reads EXVRGAT: DEVS: DISSIPENTVR: INIMICI .::. initial mark seven pellets, 120 g (S.2940; N.2398; Morrieson 403; Brooker 863A : Addenda plate CXXVII).
One of the most imposing if not compelling and sought after pieces in the Charles I series, well struck, free of the flan cracks and excessive pitting which commonly appear on this denomination, nicely toned.
With the normal die-weakness across LIBER in the reverse declaration for this exact type of 1642/3 (this same die weakness can be seen almost exactly in the Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection piece and can also be compared with a piece in the Baldwin’s Auction 48 : One hundred numismatic rarities 2006 Lot 5024, where the exact area of weakness is again mirrored). Good very fine and filled with character.