Charles I, Triple unite,
Lot 1272
Charles I, Provincial and Civil War issues (1638-49), Oxford mint (1642-46), Triple unite, 26.4g, Oxford, 1642, on larger module flan, crowned half-length bust of king left, in armour, holding sword and olive branch, plume behind, reads CAROLVS:D:G:MAG BRIT:FRAN:ET:HI:REX,
Sold for £24,675 (US$ 42,191) inc. premium
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Charles I, Triple unite, Charles I, Triple unite,
Lot Details
Charles I,
Provincial and Civil War issues (1638-49), Oxford mint (1642-46), Triple unite, 26.4g, Oxford, 1642, on larger module flan, crowned half-length bust of king left, in armour, holding sword and olive branch, plume behind, reads CAROLVS:D:G:MAG BRIT:FRAN:ET:HI:REX, R.declaration RELIG:PROT LEGI:ANG LIBER:PAR in three lines in continuous scroll, value and three plumes above, date below, m.m. Oxford plume on obverse only, DEVS:DISSIPENTVR:INIMICI EXVRGAT DEVS (N.2382; S.2725; B-J III/L1), an attractive coin on a full round edge with two small visible nicks with attractive golden tone and good portrait although not very strong, a very fine specimen with declaration on continuous scroll.

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  • PROVENANCE:

    Glendining's, 13 March 1974, lot 39.

    Thomas Violet was Goldsmith, flourished circ. 1634-1662; he was imprisoned for exporting gold and silver, 1634; imprisioned as a royalist, 1642, 1644-8; informer against exporters of silver, 1652-3; published pamphlets against importation of coin. He is mentioned by Walpole, Anecdotes of Painting.
    "Carried on the business of goldsmith in London. The practice, so ruinous to the coinage, of culing out the more weighty coins for the purpose of reducting them to bullion, was about this time (1627) carried on to an alarming extent, so as not only to produce a scarcity of money, but also to render that which remained too feeble, and to raise the price of silver above that allowed by the mints.
    "To check these abuses, the king issued a proclamation in this year that all persons were forbidden to exchange or buy any bullion in any part of His Majesty's dominions, or should give or receive for the exchanging of any current coins more than the said coins should be current for, and that no coin should be exported, and no goldsmith melt any current coins, or give more than the price allowed at the mint, under heavy penalties.
    "In 1637, Violet was instrumental, with others in melting down the heaviest coins of the King into bullion, and giving a higher price than was allowed by the mints for gold and silver, and exporting the same, for which complicity he was informed against in the Star Chamber, and imprisoned for above twenty weeks for refusing to answer interrogations, but was pardoned on condition of discovering his accomplices and paying a fine of £2,000 in gold.
    The others were Henry Futter, Henry Sweeting, Peter Hern, John Terry, Arnold Brames, Isaac Gold, Timothy Eman. They were sentenced to be committed to the Fleet. Hern, Terry, and Eman were fined £2,000 each, Brames £1,000, Flutter and Sweeting £500 each. They were doubtless all goldsmiths in a considerable way of business. Perryn was one of the Jury in 1649 to make trial pieces for the Commonwealth.
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