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Ormonde Halfcrown die match to Bull C-9

ID Number: 5617
Category: Irish Hammered Coins
Catalogue Number: S.6545; Bull C-9, DF 292
Grade: Good VF, previously PCGS 35
Weight: 14.71 g., 38 mm.
Date: 1643-1644
Denomination: Ormonde Halfcrown
Ruler: Charles I, 1625-1649
Price: $2600.
Additional Details
Ormonde Halfcrown.  Charles I, 1625 - 1649, The Great Rebellion coinage of the Lords of Justice, Issue of James Butler Marquis, Duke of Ormonde, issued 1643 - 1644.

DF 292; Maurice Bull C-9 both obv and rev exact dies.  14.71 g. (requisite weight is 227 grains), 38 mm. An Ormonde Halfcrown w C . R, for Charles Rex, below a Crown on the obv., and large Roman numerals II and smaller VI, for 2 shillings, six pence on the reverse, both sides within a fine line circle and an outer toothed border.

Obv. A strong round pellet divides the C and R.  Rx. A diagnostic raised to the right die line, thru the lower half of the Roman numerals. Rev. appears to be modified.  Inner line circle is enlarged from 25.5 to 28mm.  Tall bold II is shortened from 15.0 to 14.2mm, while the VI remains the same 11.3mm.  The corners of the IIVI now touch, but do not cross the enlarged inner circle. A die crack now extends across the bottom third of the IIVI.  A similar S with almost parallel Roman seraphs, but with both loops more open, is well centered in the field between the second I and the top of the inner circle.   A smaller well formed D, height now only 2.4mm, still with a slightly longer top seraph, is now located above the V, and closer to the V than to the circle.  The outer circle is still somewhat crude but of more and finer blunt teeth. 

Broken from an encapsulated in a PCGS VF35 holder, the tag lost.  Good Very Fine or so, with a bit of weakness to small part of crown and small parts of II and V, probably due to some deterioration and reworking of the die.  Struck on a cut fairly round sterling plate flan.  Excellent old toned surfaces.  Flan appears a bit oversize, with the outer border a bit off center to the obv. Needed to be removed from holder to be weighed.  $2600.

ex DNW Dec 2016, L.2553
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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