Commonwealth, 1649-1660, Cromwell Silver Halfcrown, 1658
KM-B-207, S-3227A, 14.98 grams, 34mm. Laureate head and draped bust left, OLIVAR.D.D.RP.ANG.SCO.ET.HIB&cPRO, reverse: crowned shield of arms of the Protectorate, PAX.QVAERITVR.RELIO, date 1658 at top, edge inscribe in raised letters. A classic in a well-preserved condition. Partially reflective surfaces beneath medium bluish-gray toning, with hues of gold iridescence as the coin is turned under a light. Some small marks and faint hairlines in the color, but these are essentially invisible to the naked eye. Legends and design are especially well struck. Closely examine this piece, and you will discover the artistry that made Thomas Simon, who engraved the dies for this coin, world famous. The very first milled English crown, and a joy to behold in every way, but particularly for its tone and surfaces.