1660-1662 Shilling – Charles II (Third Issue, Hammered)


The 1660-1662 Shilling - Charles II (Third Issue, Hammered)

Silver Shilling (12 pence) of King Charles II struck at the Tower Mint (London). Third Issue, Hammered coinage. Diameter 30mm and weighs 5.9g. SCBC: 3322. North 2764.

A few variants exist. The may be a mint mark of a crown on both sides, but sometimes on Obverse only. There may be a smaller harp on the Reverse. Usually only found in Fine or Very Fine condition (or worse).

The Obverse shows the crowned head of King Charles II facing left. Mark of value (XII - 12 Pence) to the right. Inner circle. Mint mark is a crown. Legend "CAROLVS II D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB REX".

The edge is plain.

The Reverse shows a square topper quartered shield with arms of England and France combined in 1st and 4th, and Scotland and Ireland. Cross Fleury at ends.

Enclosed in inner circle. Legend is "CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO" (meaning I reign under the auspices of Christ) with a crown mint mark.
 
Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Charles II (1660-1685)
Charles II was king of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was king of Scotland from 1649 until his deposition in 1651, and king of England, Scotland and Ireland from the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy until his death.

The regnal years used on Charles II coins were:
1668:VICESIMO; 1669:VICESIMO PRIMO; 1670:VICESIMO SECVNDO; 1671:VICESIMO TERTIO; 1672:VICESIMO QVARTO; 1673:VICESIMO QVINTO; 1674:VICESIMO SEXTO; 1675:VICESIMO SEPTIMO; 1676:VICESIMO OCTAVO; 1677:VICESIMO NONO; 1678:TRICESIMO; 1679:TRICESIMO PRIMO; 1680:TRICESIMO SECVNDO; 1681:TRICESIMO TERTIO; 1682:TRICESIMO QVARTO; 1683:TRICESIMO QVINTO; 1684:TRICESIMO SEXTO.

Charles II coins usually use the latin spelling: Carolus II.
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: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
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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1668 Shilling - Charles II British Silver Coin - Nice
1668 Shilling - Charles II British Silver Coin - Nice
£ 295.00
1668 Shilling - Charles II British Silver Coin - Nice
1668 Shilling - Charles II British Silver Coin - Nice
£ 195.00
1663 Shilling - Charles II British Silver Coin
1663 Shilling - Charles II British Silver Coin
£ 150.00
1668 SHILLING BRITISH SILVER COIN FROM CHARLES II aEF+
1668 SHILLING BRITISH SILVER COIN FROM CHARLES II aEF+
£ 1,500.00
Charles II  1663 Shilling F+
Charles II 1663 Shilling F+
£ 150.00
Extremally rare 1674 King Charles II Shilling. Plume reverse only.
Extremally rare 1674 King Charles II Shilling. Plume reverse only.
£ 1,500.00
1668 CHARLES II SILVER SHILLING COIN IN FINE TO GOOD FINE CONDITION.
1668 CHARLES II SILVER SHILLING COIN IN FINE TO GOOD FINE CONDITION.
£ 265.00
Charles II Second Bust Sterling Silver Shilling, 1677. ESC 542 Rare. Around VF.
Charles II Second Bust Sterling Silver Shilling, 1677. ESC 542 Rare. Around VF.
£ 525.00

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