||Commonwealth Crown 1653, S-3214, North-2721 (rare), Sun mm, XF45 NGC. Struck on the usual kind of misshapen flan, this coin is far above average in both strike and level of preservation, showing only minimal wear and some typical annealing cracks in the metal. Overall, this piece possesses pleasing surfaces for the type and shows no damage or flaws. The centers are a bit soft in strike, as they are normally found, but the legends are really sharp and the metal is of fine quality, toned in shades of silvery gray and blue. Various denominations of the Commonwealth coinage were minted in certain years while others were not (the halfcrown, for instance, was coined in every year from 1649 through 1660, whereas the crown was not made after 1656). The Sun-face mintmark was employed earlier in this era, from 1649 to 1657; the Anchor mintmark, not seen so often, appeared only during the final three years, 1658 to 1660, but was never placed on the silver crowns; it did appear on the gold crowns of 1658 and 1660. This silver crown, struck in the middle of the era, is a classic.
Realized $3,525.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.