Oliver Cromwell

"The Commonwealth" (1649 - 60)


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WCom-5686:  1658 Oliver Cromwell Milled Silver Halfcrown.  Rare Dutch copy, late 1600’s to very early 1700’s, cast from the Simon dies.  The coin is unusual in two aspects:  Firstly, the amount of wear indicates the coin was passed into circulation.  These Dutch copies were intended to supply collectors with Cromwell coins rather than be used as currency.  Very few coins were available at this time due to the unpopularity of Cromwell after the Restoration.  It is recorded that of the small number of coins that were not recalled by the mint, many were deliberately defaced.  Interestingly, I have never seen such a defaced Cromwell coin, in the same way that I have never seen a contemporary counterfeit Henry 1st penny (BMC 6-14), although the mint at the time obviously thought it was a problem because they officially cut every coin leaving the mint to show the public the coin was silver.  Being cast after the Protectorate, the Cromwell halfcrown would not have circulated in the UK so presumably passed into European circulation, being just a lump of silver in that market place.  Secondly, and more interestingly, this coin is 11.98 grams.  It is also a smaller flan by a mm or so.  As a cast silver coin, it is difficult to understand how you could create a smaller, lighter coin from the original.  The nature of casting dictates like for like.  Double shillings or Florins were issued in this later Dutch / Tanner period.  Although they are recorded as being double thickness shillings, it is extremely interesting to note that the weight of these florins was 12g, exactly the same weight as this coin.  Further research required on this intriguing coin.  £1,125




Commonwealth (Hammered)



Half Crowns


WCom-6720:  1656 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Halfcrown.  A very nice grade coin struck on a round flan with minimal, if any, clipping.  The coin has most likely been sat in water for all of its life which would account for the surface pitting and weight of only 14.07g (15g was the standard).  Spink 3215.  An interesting coin in that the obverse is an earlier 1654 die and the reverse die is not 1656, rather an altered 54 or 55 die.  Technically, this is not a 1656 coin!  Thanks as ever to Sun&Anchor for their excellent research which they have generously made freely available to all.  £545






WCom-6439:  1651 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Shilling.  A straight 51 obverse and reverse but no stop after THE making this the rare E.S.C 984.  £725


WCom-7216:  1651 Hammered Silver Commonwealth Shilling.  Initial mark Sun, Spink 3217.  A slightly better date and the rarer “no obverse stops” variety – see the excellent Sun & Anchor website (http://www.SunandAnchor.com) for a full list of varieties.  When looking at Spink for a price guide (and it’s very much a guide), their pricing is for commonest, non variety coins.  £725


WCom-6440:  1652 over 1 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Shilling.  A 1651 obverse with a 1651 altered date (51 to 52) reverse.  Also no stop after GOD making this an unlisted and unrecorded variety (see www.sunandanchor.com).  £785


WCom-6199:  1653 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Shilling.  Clear date, decent grade and unusually, a straight ’53 obverse with a ’53 reverse and no overdate.  £495


WCom-6403:  1653 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Shilling.  Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth, initial mark Sun, 5.42g.  The obverse reads: COMMONWEATH [L missing] and there is no stop after THE.  The ticket states this is the recorded COMMONWEALH [T missing] variety which is E.S.C.989 (I’m told E.S.C. 130 in the revised edition?), rated at R4 rarity which means 11-20 known examples.  This coin is actually an E.S.C. unrecorded “missing L” variety.  If you look at the definitive guide to Commonwealth coinage (http://www.SunandAnchor.com), you will see both varieties listed and both having six star rarity values.  The COMMONWEATH die (this coin) also has the missing stop after THE whereas the missing T variety doesn’t.  A great rarity in the Commonwealth series being unrecorded in E.S.C. (Spink don’t bother listing any variations), full of flan and nice grade.  £895






WCom-6483:  1651 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Sixpence – Rarer Variety.  Full of flan and with a very clear date.  Rarer no stop after COMMONWEALTH variety. A straight 1651 obverse but paired with a 1651/50 reverse, possibly indicating an early 1651 issue but utilising an old, but still perfectly good 1650 reverse which they then put to good use early 1651 but replacing the 0 with a 1.  Spink 3219 var.  Ex Spink (see here).  The 1650 obverse was problematic so effort was put into the 51 obverse in terms of improvements.  This is an interesting die combination.  £595


WCom-5912:  1654 over 3 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Relatively full of flan – minimal clipping with an unusually clear date.  This is the rarer 4 over 3 variety which E.S.C. rates at R2.  The coin has slight creasing probably due to the practise of biting the coin to see if it was genuine silver in the 1650’s.  Some toning.  £545










WCom-6953:  Commonwealth Hammered Silver Penny.  1649-60.  Spink 3222.  A nice grade coin – just take a look at the Spink plate coins.  £125


WCom-7176:  Oliver or Richard Cromwell’s Hammered Silver Penny.  1649-60, Spink 3222.  One of the best examples I’ve ever had.  Sold with an auction printout as well as a ticket.  £165