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17th Century Shilling of Charles II

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1932N285.252
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1663 - 1663


This example represents one of the first English coins minted by machine. Milled crowns, halfcrowns and shillings were issued from 1662 in an attempt to prevent 'clipping' and counterfeiting. The engravers Thomas Simon and the Roettier family who competed to produce the new coins and were mentioned in Samuel Pepy's Diary on March 9th, 1663.
The new design introduced two new features; the alternating reversal of the monarch's profile which continues to today and the disappearance of a crowned monarch, providing a less crowded design.

Presented by E Marston Rudland, 1932.

Further Information

Reign:King Charles II
Production Period:Stuart
Denomination:1s - shilling
Currency:Great Britain
Place of Origin:England

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Diameter:25 mm