Posted on August 13, 2018 by The Coin Cabinet
A fantastic specimen of this popular and short-lived issue, prooflike and deeply toned. More than looking at the coin I talk about the historical context and Peter Blondeau’s minting presses that were installed at the mint in the 1650s.
Hello there, and welcome to The Coin Cabinet YouTube channel. Here is Andreas Afeldt again. Today I have a very special coin with me that I'm going to show you. It is a 1658 Oliver Cromwell shilling, and it has fantastic toning and outstanding eye appeal. It has proof-like surfaces, a fantastic specimen of this rare and coveted piece.
This is actually a milled coin as opposed to it being hammered, which means that they used machinery to strike it, and it was struck using Peter Blondeau's machines that were installed at the Tower Mint in London in the early 1650s. They did a lot of testing in the early 1650s, in the first half of the 1650s, and in 1657, finally, he got the okay to start using his presses to strike some larger denomination silver coins with the effigy of Oliver Cromwell, who was a great supporter of Peter Blondeau and his machinery.
The obverse reads [Latin 00:01:42] Oliver by the Grace of God, Protector of the Republic of England, Scotland, Ireland, and others. In other words, the Commonwealth of England as we know it today. And the reverse reads [Latin 00:02:08], which is Latin as well, and it stands for Peace Is Sought Through War.
Oliver Cromwell was England's first Lord Protector. In 1657 he was actually offered to become king, and he was agonizing over this for about two weeks before he declined. So, he was instead the Lord Protector from 1657 until 1658, when he died.
After the restoration of Charles II, they dug up Oliver Cromwell's body and they beheaded him publicly, and they displayed the head in front of Westminster Abbey for about 25 years. After that they sold it, and it went on to be owned by several important families in England. It also sold in auction one time, I think in the early 19th century, and until 1960 it was owned privately. Oliver Cromwell's head. Fancy that.
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