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|Hammered Silver "Declaration" Half Pound of Charles I|
The Tower Mint had been under the control of the king from 1625 to 1642, after that it came under the control of Parliament. In addition to the Tower Mint in London, other provincial mints which operated in royalist areas under the King included Carlisle, Scarborough, Pontefract, Newark, Chester, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth, Bridgnorth, Hartlebury Castle, Worcester, Hereford, Oxford, Bristol and Exeter.
The King, portrayed on horseback, riding left, holding aloft a sword. The horse is shown trampling military arms underfoot. A plume of three feathers appears behind the king's head and also in the legend as a mint-mark.
CAROLUS D G MAGN BRIT FRAN ET HIB REX
A shortened version of the "Declaration" which Charles made in Wellington in September 1642, in which he promised to uphold the Protestant Religion, the Laws of England, and the Liberty of Parliament, shown in two lines across the centre of the coin. There are three plumes above, with "X" a mark of value meaning 10 shillings, and the date 1642 below.
REL PROT LEG ANG LIB PAR
Being an abbreviation for:-
RELIGIO PROTESTANTIUM LEGES ANGLIAE LIBERTAS PARLIAMENTI
Which translates as:-
The religion of the Protestants, the laws of England and the liberty of Parliament
Seaby catalogue # 2945
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