Charles I, 1625-1649, Gold Triple Unite, 1642
Lot 1016
Charles I, 1625-1649, Gold Triple Unite, 1642
Sold for US$ 87,750 inc. premium

Auction 20086: Coins & Medals
13 Dec 2012 10:00 EST

New York
Lot Details
Charles I, 1625-1649, Gold Triple Unite, 1642 Charles I, 1625-1649, Gold Triple Unite, 1642 Charles I, 1625-1649, Gold Triple Unite, 1642
Charles I, 1625-1649, Gold Triple Unite, 1642
KM-233. S-2724, 27.15 grams, 42mm. Provincial and Civil War issue, Oxford plume mintmark on obverse only, on large flan, crowned tall, narrow, half-length bust of king left in armor holding raised sword and olive branch, plume behind, CAROLVS:D:G:MAG:BRIT:FR:ET:HIB:REX, reverse: RELIG:PROT LEG:ANG LIBER:PAR in three wavy lines, value (III) and three plumes above, date 1642 below, EXVRGAT:DEVS:DISSIPENTVR:INIMICI.:. surrounds. An especially well-centered example on a smooth, green-golden flan. Well-defined overall, save for minor localized peripheral weakness.

Provenance: Ex: Spink, R.D. Beresford-Jones Sale, June 2, 1983, lot 111 Good Very Fine

Footnotes

  • Thomas Violet was a goldsmith who flourished c.1634-62. He was imprisoned for exporting gold and silver, 1634; imprisoned as a royalist, 1642 and 1644-8; informer against exporters of silver, 1652-3; and published pamphlets against importation of illegal coins. He is mentioned by Walpole, Anecdotes of Painting:

    "Carried on the business of goldsmith in London. The practice, so ruinous to the coinage, of culling out the more weighty coins for the purpose of reducing 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 to 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 20 weeks for refusing to answer interrogations, but was pardoned on condition of discovering his accomplices and paying a fine of £2,000 in gold."
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