1643 Shilling – Charles I York Mint


The 1643 Shilling - Charles I York Mint

Silver Shilling of Charles I, minted at the York mint around 1643-1644. SCBC 2870. North 2316. This coin graded as VF. There are at least 5 variants of this coin.

The Reverse shows a coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée with "EB OR" above (EBOR is an early name for York). Legend:  "CHRIST O AVSPI CE REG NO"

The Obverse shows a portrait of King Charles I facing left, wearing a scalloped lace collar and a square topped crown.

Lion passant at the top indicates 1643-1644.

Legend: "CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HI REX".

The XII is a mark of value (12 pence = one shilling).

Image Credit: The Royal Mint.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
Remember 1643 ?
Monarch is King Charles I. Almost the entire year is dominated by the battles of the English Civil War.
Charles I (1625-1649)
Charles I was born on 19 November 1600 and was King of England, King of Scotland, and King of Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution on 30 January 1649. He was in the House of Stuart.

From 1642, Charles fought in the English Civil War against the armies of the English and Scottish parliaments. After his defeat in 1645, Charles refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy. He escaped for a few years but was recaptured by Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army. He was tried for high treason and subsequently executed.

The monarchy was abolished and the Commonwealth of England became a republic. The monarchy would be restored in 1660 by Charles's son, Charles II.

The coinage of Charles I is one of the most interesting periods of English numismatic history. There are a huge amount of varieties and the coins include both hammered and early machine-made coins by Briot. Due to the Civil war many mints popped up around the country. It's a complex and involved subject featuring some outstanding coins.
General Description: Shillings
The Shilling (written 1/-) is one-twentienth of a pound, worth 12 old pence (5 new pence). It is traditionally a silver coin, but since 1947 it has been made from cupro-nickel. Shillings are known as 'Bobs'.

Shillings are old coins and the English shilling has been around since about 1549, although there were 12 pence coins before that called Testoons from about 1489. The British shillings was the continuation from 1707.

After decimalisation on 15 February 1971, the coin was replaced by the five new pence piece. Originally, the 5p coin was the same size as the shilling but was later made much smaller.
Which Mint: Provincial mints
Not all mints are located in a single place. From the Roman days through to the middle ages it was easier to have local moneyers (trusted people who were allowed to mint coins) rather than make the coins centrally and then have the security and logistics problem of distribution.

There were often dozens of mints, sometimes all making the same coin. The variations and mintmarks are exciting for numismatists, although sometimes it takes an expert to analyse them.

Most English Provincial Mints began to close after 1279 when the Royal Mint opened The Tower Mint (called so as it was housed at the Tower of London), although some continued working for much longer. The central mint gave the King and the Master of the Royal Mint much more control over the production and quality of English coinage.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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King Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling Coin 1634-35 Fine MM Bell
King Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling Coin 1634-35 Fine MM Bell
£ 125.00
King Charles I silver hammered shilling coin 1st
King Charles I silver hammered shilling coin 1st
£ 115.00
CHARLES I PONTEFRACT SIEGE SHILLING MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN, AN 187 CIVIL WAR 1648
CHARLES I PONTEFRACT SIEGE SHILLING MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN, AN 187 CIVIL WAR 1648
£ 8.99
King Charles I Silver Shilling Coin Sun English Hammered Tower Of London Mint
King Charles I Silver Shilling Coin Sun English Hammered Tower Of London Mint
£ 129.00
CHARLES I TOWER MINT SHILLING COIN (MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN) AN 335  1639-40
CHARLES I TOWER MINT SHILLING COIN (MUSEUM SPECIMEN COIN) AN 335 1639-40
£ 6.99
1645-6 Charles I Shilling - British Silver Hammered Coin - Nice
1645-6 Charles I Shilling - British Silver Hammered Coin - Nice
£ 117.00
RARE : CHARLES I NEWARK SIEGE HALF CROWN AND COMMONWEALTH SHILLING PAIR
RARE : CHARLES I NEWARK SIEGE HALF CROWN AND COMMONWEALTH SHILLING PAIR
£ 9.99
1625-49 King Charles I Hammered Shilling Coin
1625-49 King Charles I Hammered Shilling Coin
£ 32.95

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