England, Oliver Cromwell silver Halfcrown 1658.

England, Oliver Cromwell silver Halfcrown 1658.
Very attractive piece with subdued lustre under an even grey toning. Sold with an unknown 19th. Century collector's ticket. The portrait coinage of Oliver Cromwell was struck by Pierre Blondeau from dies prepared by Thomas Simon. Once considered to have been patterns, current thought suggests they were intended for circulation. Cromwell was offered the crown in 1657 but turned it down – however the issue of this series of coins portraying him as ‘laureate’ and the Protectorate arms as ‘crowned’ does rather suggest that he was contemplating ‘assuming the purple’. However he died the next year so any aspiration he had in this direction went with him.

Laureate bust left, OLIVAR D G P ANG SCO ET HIB & PRO,

Crowned arms of Commonwealth with Cromwell's in pretence, PAX QVAERITVR BELLO, (Peace is sort by war).

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