Charles II (1660-85), Shilling, ﬁrst hammered issue (1660-61), crowned bust left, plain ﬁeld, initial mark crown, legend surrounds CAROLVS II D G MAG BRIT FR ET HIB REX. Rev, long cross fourchée over quartered shield of arms, reads CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO, 5.79g (S.3308; ESC.1009; N.2762). A bold ﬁne, arguably better in places, for this notoriously weakly struck issue. Subtle toning, clear ﬁelds, much eye appeal.
These hammered pieces were struck just after the fall of the Protectorate, only lasting two years in their mint run, essentially split into three types, a] without inner linear circle or mark of value, b] without inner linear circles but with mark of value and c] with both linear circles and marks of value; respectively ﬁrst, second and third issues. All will be accompanied with the Crown mintmark, apt given the restoration of power, back into Royal hands.