Charles I Silver Penny, Two Pellets Mint Mark,Tower Mint Under the King, 1625-42
Denomination: Silver penny
Origin: Tower mint, London
Condition: VF+, good example of this very often poor coin
Obverse: Group E, fifth 'Aberystwyth bust' crowned, left, 1 denomination behind head, legend around ..CAROLVS DG.M.B.F.ET.HIB.REX
Reverse: Garnished oval shield, legend around, .ISTITIA.THROMVM.FIRMAT.
Size and Weight: 0.44g, 14mm
References: Spink 2849, North 2273
Features and Provenance: Charles was the second son of James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark, born in Fife, 1600. His father became king of England too on the death of Elizabeth I, but his frail health prevented him from travelling with the rest of the family and he remained in Scotland for over three years. At the age of 12 his older brother died of typhoid and he was made heir apparent. In 1625 he became king of Scotland, England, France and Ireland (France being nominal only). He was accused of treason, after years of disagreement with Parliament, and finally sentenced to death in 1649, by beheading.
His executioner is cited as being Richard Brandon, the 'common executioner for London' but as he was required to wear a wig, beard and disguise and left the scene under cover of darkness, this has never been truly substantiated. There were even rumours that Oliver Cromwell had personally executed the king, but this is unlikely. Supposed proof of Brandon's involvement came out after his death, but the documents are considered forgeries at worst or inaccurate at best.
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
- Product Code: 21030517
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