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Halfcrown of Charles II

Not many large early milled coins are found by detectorists and the few that do turn up are usually very worn. Therefore, David Richman was remarkably fortunate to locate the find pictured here, which is a halfcrown of Charles II.

On the obverse is the fourth bust of Charles II, which was first used on halfcrowns in 1672. On the reverse four shields bear the arms of England, Scotland, Ireland and France. The date, 1676, is divided up into two parts by the English shield.    


The reverse on David’s find is weak on the central garter star and slightly stained but it has nice surfaces and overall it would grade VF. It’s a good looking and attractive coin and if it was offered for sale at auction then the pre-sale estimate shouldn’t be any lower than £250.

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