Ireland 1643 ~ 1644 Silver Ormonde Crown IC15S-015 / S# 6544 Fine
Obverse: Crown above C R
Reverse: Small S above V
An honest example of this rare, historic issue.
Known as "Ormonde Money", the series that this crown is part of was named after the Earl of Ormonde, who was Lieutenant of Ireland in 1643.
These coins were crudely struck on silver plates that were cut down to the correct size, shape and weight. The obverse design of the crown and C R refers to Charles Rex - the (English) King Charles I.
This example is in standard condition for the issue - much of the original design detail remains clear across the obverse, while a minor planchet flaw is evident on the reverse.
It is a solid representation of a scarce and important episode in Irish monetary history.
It's incredible to think that in 2020 the Church of England has moved many of their most sacred valuables into the Tower of London for safekeeping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click this link to read an article that links the coin above with the very circumstances we're all going through at the moment.
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