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WCA-6414:  Charles II Hammered Silver Restoration Halfcrown.  Third issue, initial mark crown.  Spink 3321.  This is immediately prior to the introduction of the new milled coinage of 1662.  The third issue is notoriously poor, presumably because the writing was on the wall for hammered coinage therefore little effort went into both the dies and the end product, ie the coin itself.  This coin is one of the best grade examples I have ever seen.  (E)  £795





WCA-6487:  Charles II Hammered Silver Restoration Sixpence.  Third issue, initial mark crown.  Spink 3323.  This is immediately prior to the introduction of the new milled coinage of 1662.  The third issue is notoriously poor, presumably because the writing was on the wall for hammered coinage therefore little effort went into both the dies and the end product.  This coin is exceptional for the issue.  (E)  £595










WAu-6624:  1678/7 Charles II Gold Half Guineas – a “Bender” Love Token.  The famous children’s nursery rhyme goes: "There was a crooked man who had a crooked cat... who found a crooked sixpence..."  The fad of the day was to bend a silver coin into this specific Z shape (you wouldn't think it but it's actually a mightily hard thing to do!) and present it to a potential partner in order, presumably, to impress them.  Nowadays we’d just offer to buy them a drink!!  In the above Nursery Rhyme, the old man found a crooked (ie Bender) sixpence.  The suitor who bent this particular coin for his sweetheart must have been very rich to have used a half guinea as it is usually silver sixpences that we see.  However, it looks like his wealth counted for nothing as a metal detectorist found this coin in a field, meaning the woman must have thrown it away in disgust all those years ago!!  Hard to photograph so a compilation image here.  £525 / £1,750 in Spink 2018.  Any decent jeweller could have this straighten out if that's what you wanted to do.  (E)  £445






WCA-5779:  1660’s Charles II Copper Pattern Halfpenny.  High grade (about EF) example of the precursor to the recognised long-lived milled halfpenny which started just a few years after this pattern in 1672 and ended with the decimal issue of 1984 (pre decimal copper ended 1860, bronze 1970).  A rare coin, rarer still in this grade.  (E)  £575 






WCA-5833:  1662 Charles II Full Silver Crown.  DECVS ET TUTEMAN edge, a rose under the bust.  This was the very first milled silver crown of the Restoration of the monarchy.  (E)  £195


WCA-5987:  1672 Charles II Full Silver Crown.  VICESIMO QVINTO edge.  A large Charles II “Restoration” silver coin.  Spink 3358.  (E)  £155


WCA-5755:  1673 Charles II Full Silver Crown.  VICESIMO QVINTO edge but with the I of VICESIMO being very clearly overstruck on an “O”.  The 3 of the date has an odd look to it, specifically on the right side immediately opposite the pellet stop.  An unusual coin.  (E)  £195


WCA-5417:  1679 Charles II Full Silver Crown.  T.PRIMO on a very clear edge.  (E)  £169




Half Crowns


WCA-5746:  1677 Charles II Silver Halfcrown.  Fourth draped bust, crowned cruciform shields.  Strong edge – V.NONO.  (E)  £235


WCA-5418:  1683 Charles II Silver Half Crown – Love Token.  Hand engraved on the obverse with a heart and the initials, “E.L.”.  A nice, early Love Token.  (E)  £85






WCA-6018:  1672 Charles II Silver Shilling.  Second draped bust.  About VF overall.  Shillings were not a huge issue under Charles II and like most silver denominations, the bulk of coinage was very effectively taken out of circulation and sent to the melting pot upon the death of Charles II.  They say that every breath you take contains at least one atom that was part of Nelson’s dying breath.  Similarly, every silver and gold coin you see has had several previous numismatic incarnations.  Spink 3375.  Rare in this grade.  (E)  £495


WCA-5413:  1684 Charles II Silver Shilling.  Final issue (4th) and final year before James II.  A nice grade coin (not quite VF but much better than F) that’s been gilded in antiquity and presumably been mounted – there are flat areas on the milled edge indicating a mount.  An attractive and hard-to-source coin in anything better than F.  (E)  £375




Silver Maundy / Small Denominations


WCA-6531:  Charles II Silver Twopence – Undated Variety.  Circa 1662-67, Spink 3387.  An interesting die crack on this toned coin.  £75


WCA-5861:  Charles II Silver Threepence (1670-84) – “Brockage”  The reverse being a mirror image of the obverse!  When a coin is stuck in the die and another planchet (blank) is introduced, that first coin makes an incused (the opposite of raised up) impression on the second coin.  The stuck coin acts like die and the second coin ends up with the same impression raised and incused.  Termed a brockage.  Die axis en-medaille.  These mint errors are rare, especially such an early one, as they usually never made it out of the mint, being relatively easy to spot.  This coin not only left the mint having passed quality control but then entered general circulation, but only for a short while (very little circulation wear) as someone recognised the unusual nature of the coin and used it as a pendant or maybe as a lucky charm?  A unique coin and yet again, a tangible piece of British history!  £135


WCA-6022:  1671 Charles II Silver Twopence.  Unbarred A’s in GRATIA and totally unrecorded although it is recorded for 1672 over 1.  £75


WCA-5135:  1679 Charles II Silver Threepence – Unrecorded Variety.  The first “A” in “GRATIA” is over an “O” and the second “A” is over another “A”.  The second overstrike is not a double strike, rather an adjustment in spacing for GRATIA.  The two “A”s in this second overstrike are a good distance apart.  Unrecorded in Spink and ESC.  £69 






WCA-5499:  1661 Charles II Silver Coronation Medal.  The official coronation medal designed by Thomas Simon.  An attractive silver medal which effectively heralded the start of the Reformation.  (E)  £495


WCA-5553:  Charles II Silver “Royalist” Supporters’ Badge.  Probably struck before Charles returned from exile.  This one nice in that it depicts a tree with three crowns on the branches in incuse (hand engraved?) design.  Listed in Medallic Illustration (M.I. 453/38) as Rare.  Looks to have been worn and lovingly fondled by a staunch Royalist!  (E)  £485


WCA-5754:  Charles II Bi-Metallic Ticket-Token for the Touching Ceremony.  A “Touching Ceremonies” was where the monarch of the day, in this case Charles II, personally gave out gold touch pieces to sufferers of Scrofula (tubercular infection, to which it is estimated that 1% of the London population suffered) in order to cure them.  Charles II personally attended these ceremonies and physically handed the touch piece to each and every sufferer.  Sufferers were invited and issued with an official Ticket-Pass to admit them to the ceremony.  You gave your Ticket-Pass in at the door, entered the ceremony, got touched by the king and hopefully left a cured individual.  These Ticket-Token were collected and re-issued for the next Touching Ceremony.  105,000 people were Touched by Charles II with around 360 sufferers being admitted to each ceremony.  However, the officials used three designs of Ticket-Tokens: brass, copper or a combination of both.  To prevent fraud, officials alternated the type of Ticket-Token used.  The bi-metallic copper & brass Ticket-Tokens are much rarer than the other two types.  It is interesting to note the wear on this Ticket-Token.  Although resembling a copper halfpenny, this Ticket-Token could not have entered circulation as currency for two reasons.  Firstly, it’s not wholly copper.  What was on the coin in those days mattered very little, that it was copper was essential.  Secondly, it is inconceivable that a recipient sufferer would have forfeited his or her chance of being cured by the king for a halfpence.  The officials would not have let this Ticket-Token out into circulation either so we can deduce that the wear on the Ticket-Token is down to it having been issued many times so it much be a piece from early on in the reign of Charles II.  This Ticket-Token or Pass comes with a 1937 collector’s ticket stating the pass is ex Glendinning’s Auction and that the price paid way back in 1937 was a rather impressive 6 shillings.  For further reading, see Peck or The Sovereign Remedy by Woolf.  (E)  £595