Charles I (1625-49), Halfcrown, 1642, Exeter Mint, King on horseback galloping over arms, holding marshal’s baton aloft, sash fl owing behind, initial mark Truro rose, inner and outer beaded circle and legend surrounding both sides. R ev . 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.
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.