RARE Charles I, Irish Silver ‘Ormonde’ Halfcrown, 1643-44


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Denomination: Silver halfcrown (two shillings and sixpence or 2s 6d alternatively 2/6d)

Period: Reign of Charles I (Stuart) during the period of the ‘Great Rebellion’ in Ireland

Date: 1643-1644

Origin: Dublin mint (?)

Condition: Fine for type

Obverse: Large crown over CR surrounded by beaded circle on polygon flan 

Reverse: Value in Roman numerals: S II dVI surrounded by beaded circle

Size and Weight: 37mm. 14.95g

References: Spink CofS&I 6545

Features and Provenance: We are very glad to be able to offer you the chance to own this scarce ‘Ormonde’ halfcrown from a series of denominations struck from literal silver plate obtained from the populace. It was arguably issued by Lord Justice James Butler. Earl of Ormonde around 1643 as a form of emergency money during the time of ‘The Great Rebellion.’ This period in Ireland’s trouble past was instigated by the then Lord Deputy of Ireland. Thomas Wentworth. He planned to confiscate all the property owned by Catholics which led to the rebellion in 1640. However. Wentworth was recalled to England and converted Protestant. Ormonde. found himself Commander in Chief of the Government forces. It is similar in issue to the ‘siege pieces’ which were also made from silver dinner plates etc. the patterns and even hallmarks can still be seen on some pieces. Some numismatists argue that Ormonde would have had nothing to do with the ‘coins’ issue. but nevertheless they have become know as ‘Ormonde Money’.



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of legend etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of legend etc present. but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






Additional information

Weight50 g


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