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1684 King Charles II Tin Issue Farthing Coin

1684 King Charles II Tin Issue Farthing Coin Oberse

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Well preserved tin issue Farthing of King Charles II, dated 1684. Obverse: left-facing laureate cuirassed head and shoulders bust of Charles II, surrounded by the legend ‘CAROLVS · A · CAROLO’. Copper plug visible to cheek of the portrait. Reverse: Britannia seated on a globe with a shield at her side, holding a spear. ‘BRITAN NIA’ around. The rim on each side is toothed while the edge features raised lettering that reads ‘NVMMORVM * FAMVLVS · 1684 ·’. (Translation: ‘The servant of the coinage’) with a single five-pointed mullet stop. This coin weighs 5.6 grams and has a diameter of 23.5 millimetres. The design of this unusual English coin was based on earlier copper issues. It was supposedly struck in tin to bolster domestic tin mining. Since the value of the tin used to make the coin was less than the face value of the coin, a copper plug was added to put off forgers looking to profit from counterfeits. The choice of metal means these are generally found in poor condition with high-grade examples much sought-after. Grade: GVF - Some minor surface corrosion as common with tin, otherwise strong details and excellent edge lettering: very rare. References: S 3395, Peck 536.
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Obverse

Armoured laureate bust of King Charles II, facing left. Legend: 'CAROLVS · A · CAROLO'.

Reverse

Seated Britannia with spear and shield, 'BRITAN NIA' around.

Edge

Raised lettering reading 'NVMMORVM * FAMVLVS · 1684 ·'.

Specification

English milled tin coin with copper plug to centre, struck at the Tower Mint. Weight: 5.6 grams. Diameter: 23.5 millimetres.

Grade

Grade: GVF - Some minor surface corrosion as common with tin, otherwise strong details and excellent edge lettering: very rare.

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