Commonwealth under the protectorships of Oliver & Richard Cromwell. English cross in shield, wreath around. Conjoined shields of England and Ireland, denomination mark. This historic coin reflects a turbulent time in Britain. In 1649 Charles I was executed and Britain entered a period without a monarch, the interregnum. Oliver Cromwell became the’Lord Protector’ and acted little more than a dictator from 1653 until his death in 1658. His son, Richard, took over the protectorship, but with the army questioning his right and abilities for the office, his fall was almost inevitable, and he resigned in 1659. He quietly left for France and survived there until the age of 85 using various pseudonyms but he never saw his wife again. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between. As struck with no traces of wear. Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear. Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn. Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible. I have been involved in the antiques business since 1971. My career took a leap forward when I joined Bonhams in 1976. Some five years later I became head of the Decorative Arts department. The item “Commonwealth (Oliver Cromwell) Silver Halfgroat, 1649-1660″ is in sale since Monday, January 11, 2021. This item is in the category “Coins\Coins\British\Hammered (Pre-c.1662)\Stuart & Commonwealth Coins”. The seller is “eric-knowles-the-hoard” and is located in High Wycombe. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Period: Stuart & Commonwealth
- Country of Origin: Great Britain
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Denomination: Half Groat
- Metal: Silver
- Era: 1649-1660