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1629 King Charles I Hammered Gold Unite Heart Over Anchor

H049CH11629-REV

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A very desirable gold hammered Unite of king Charles the First, struck at the tower mint in London under the king. The obverse features the crowned bust of the king facing left with the robes clearly breaking into the border and the mint mark of ‘Heart’, with the roman numeral XX behind represent the value of 20 shillings. The reverse shows the crown with a single arch over the plain style shield of royal arms, with a mint mark of ‘Heart’ over a very clear struck ‘Anchor’. This coin is possibly a ‘Mule’ we're the die of one class has been struck with the die of another class, in this case the die from the class B ie. S2687 has had the ‘Heart’ amended over ‘Anchor’ and struck with the later class B ie S2688, making a coin of good ‘eye appeal’ and numismatically very interesting and exceptionally collectable.
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Obverse

Group B. Tower Mint, under the king. Second crowned bust of king Charles I facing left in a ruff. 'XX' behind for 20 shillings. CAROLVS D:G:MAG:BR:FR:ET HI:REX. Mint mark: heart.

Reverse

Crown over plainer shield of royal arms. The legend reads 'FLORENT CONCORDIA REGNA'. Heart over anchor mintmark. 

What Are Gold Unites?

Unites were a large English gold coin, first issued in the reign of King James I (ruled 1603 to 1625). Their name speaks to the union of the crowns, brought by James’ accession to the English throne, and his unsuccessful plans to unite the legislatures of his two kingdoms. Initially these coins were valued at 20 Shillings but the value was later increased to 22 Shillings. Unites were minted as part of James’ second coinage (1604-1619) and were reintroduced during the reign of his son, King Charles I. Charles’ Unites were minted at the Tower but also - rarely - by provincial Civil War mints. Production continued during the interregnum period and after the restoration of Charles II. They ceased to be minted as machine milling became standard, replaced with the gold Guinea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unites were large hammered gold coins first issued in the reign of James I, named for his plans to unite England and Scotland.

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