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RAWLINS OXFORD POUND XX 1644

The single largest coin made in England. The coin made in Silver as a presentation piece to be given on behalf of the King, Charles I to the officers prior to going into battle. The wonderful die and design work is by Thomas Rawlins the Master of the Mint. These pieces normally were made from dies with the Declaration in two lines not the fine work of Rawlins.

ONE ENGLISH POUND
XX
[XX depicts 20 in Roman Numerals being 20 Sillings = £1]


This wonderful specman is perhaps the finest known speciman, no double stiking. The ownership goes back within a 100 years of the Civil War with the story that the family held the piece after it had been handed to them. This was a RAWLINS designed pound, the quality of striking lends itself to the ledgentd that this is a piece given by the King himself to the officer before battle, the officer putting it in his pouch then riding to fight. The Silver these coins were struck from given by Royalists. To make such pieces, even though there were few in the difficult conditions should also be considered as a fete during the Civil War.

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Charles I, Oxford 1644 Pound XX 119.97gm Declaration in cartouche.
The work of RAWLINS. Large horseman of fine workmanship with arms below.
Single large plume (with bands) above XX. 1644 OX below.
 
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