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Farthings

816

(1654)
Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing in Pewter . BMC 373. Circulated for only a fortnight in April 1654 before being officially withdrawn. Shield bearing cross moline, wreath of roses, TK above. Shield with Irish harp with sun in centre, rays extending. Plain edge. Issued 1654. ¼ OUNCE OF FINE PEWTR FOR NECESSARY CHANGE.

817

(1654)
Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing in Brass. BMC 374. (this piece). Brass with Copper centre. ENGLANDS FARTHING. Die crack gives insight into the manufacturing process of this type of coin.

818

(1654)
Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing in Copper. BMC 375.

BMC37702

Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing, Brass with a Copper centre. BMC 377. ENGLAND FARTHING FOR NECESSARY CHANG.

819

(1654)
Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing in Copper. BMC 378. ENGLAND FARTHING FOR NECESSARY CHANG. (only 1 of 2 specimens available to commerce ? (others in BM, FM)).

BMC380

Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing, ElectrotypeCopy. BMC 380. ENGLANDS FARTHIN FOR NECESSARY CHANG.

BMC382

Commonwealth of England. Pattern Farthing, ElectrotypeCopy. BMC 382. ENGLANDSS FARTHIN FOR NECESSARY CHANG.

813

(1658)
Oliver Cromwell Pattern Farthing. BMC 391. 3 Pillars of Wisdom on reverse - much rarer than the shield reverse. Reverse inverted. Laureate and draped bust of Cromwell facing left within a roped circle with legend OLIVAR PRO ENG SC IRL. Plain edge.

815

(1658)
Oliver Cromwell Pattern Farthing. BMC --. Obverse as reverse of BMC 390. Reverse unpublished, similar to BMC 392 but different die (compare lettering). The only known specimen.

FarthingPeck373

Pattern Farthing, undated, struck in pewter, shield with cross Moline, wreath of roses enclosing TK. above, breaking inner beaded circle and toothed border both sides, ¼ovnce.of.fine.pewtr, rev struck en médaille, shield bearing Irish harp over a sunburst, laurel wreath above, for.necessary.change, edge plain (Peck 373; North 2742).

FarthingPeck375

Commonwealth, Pattern Farthing, possible contemporary forgery, undated, first struck in pewter, shield of St George’s Cross, wreath above breaking inner beaded circle and toothed border both sides, englands.farthing, rev inverted die axis, shield bearing Irish harp, for necessary.change, edge plain (Peck 375 note; North 2741).

FarthingPeck384

Commonwealth, Pattern Farthing, undated, struck in brass with a copper centre, shield of St George’s Cross, wreath above breaking inner beaded circle and toothed border both sides, englands.fardin’, rev inverted die axis, shield bearing Irish harp, for necessary.cha’, edge plain (Peck 384; North 2741).

Farthing1

Oliver Cromwell Pattern Farthing Dated 1651. BMC 396. Listed as 'The Forged Cromwell Farthing' in Peck, Portrait probably tooled, see page 101 in the second edition of Peck for the lengthy discussion. This puzzling piece has been a subject of speculation by several writers.
(3 examples known but 2 are in Museums, this is the only example known outside Museums).

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