Gold coin; Denomination Unite
Tower Mint, London
King Charles II (1660-1685)

Hammered coinage, First issue, without mark of value. The unite was worth 20 shillings, in early catalogues the denomination is sometimes called a Broad.

Obverse Description

Laureate and draped bust of the King facing left; around, (mm. crown) CAROLVS II D G MAG BRIT FRAN ET HIB REX

Reverse Description

Oval shield, crowned and garnished, quartered with the arms of England and France combined (in 1st and 4th quarters), Scotland and Ireland, dividing the lerrers CR; around, FLORENT . CONCORDIA . REGNA . (translation: United kingdoms flourish)

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976

  • Acknowledgement

    Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929

  • Date Issued

    1660-1662 AD

  • Issued By

    King Charles II, England, Great Britain

  • Mint

    Royal Mint, London
    The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at the time this coin was struck and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint

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  • Classification

    Coins, Great britain, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    34 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.995 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    [Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3301 Pages
    [Book] North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coinage., North 2753 Pages