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Lot 385

Estimate: 50'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 40'000 CHF Price realized: 90'000 CHF
GREAT BRITAIN. UNITED KINGDOM. Charles I, 1625-1649. Triple Unite 1642, Oxford mint. CAROLVS D G MAG BRIT FR ET HIB REX. Crowned half-length figure of king, with sword and olive branch, plume behind // EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMICI. The Declaration, in three lines: III RELIG PROT LEG ANG LIBER PAR. Fr. 258; Spink 2724. 27,04 g.
GOLD. Extremely rare in this appealing quality. Good very fine

When the Civil War started in 1642, Charles I, having raised his standart at Nottingham on 22 August, 1642, fought his way south, through the battles of Edgehill and Brentfort but, failing to enter London, finally set up his headquarters at Christ College, Oxford. At Wellington, Shropshire, on 19 September, the King had declared to the Privy Council that he would protect "the religion of the Protestants, the laws of England, (and) the liberty of Parliament". This declaration, rendered into Latin, and abbreviated, appears on this coin as propaganda. This is the largest and heaviest type of hammered gold coin ever to be struck in England. It might have been made from local plate that the King "borrowed" from the colleges of Oxford and from his supporters, promising to repay when better times returned (The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1968).

the reign of Charles I, this first year type (1642) is a most desirable addition to any Old World Gold Coin Collection.

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