Charles II halfpenny of 1683 - Small Lettering


at 400 dots / inch

 


Irish Coinage

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2010 - Copyright
John
_Stafford-Langan
Version 1.17a
23 June, 2010

 

This coin is an example of an Irish Halfpenny of Charles II struck in 1683.

This coin uses the small lettering style used from 1681-1684 as opposed to the larger lettering style used in 1680-1682 - note both styles occur for 1681 and 1682.

The legends are clear with no blundering and read:
(obverse) CAROLVS II DEI GRATIA
(reverse) MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX

Which translates/expands as
Charles II by the grace of God
King of Great Britain, France and Ireland

The coin is in About Very Fine (AVF) condition. It has good surfaces but shows signs of wear on the higher points of the bust and harp. The legends are generally strong but there is a bit if weakness at the lower part of the reverse legend where several of the last letters are not fully struck up. Overall this is an average collectable example of this coinage.

Examples in this condition are available - examples in better than EF with original lustre are rare.

Related Coins :


Charles II Halfpenny of 1682 - Large Lettering

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