||Oliver Cromwell Shilling 1658, S-3228, North-2747, MS65 NGC. A superb example of this classic first milled shilling, designed by Thomas Simon. These coins were struck in limited numbers very near the end of the Commonwealth era, when Cromwell ruled like a king but refused to be so called. Most pieces were destroyed during the Restoration of the Monarchy beginning in 1660. Today, the average condition of this issue is Extremely Fine; well-worn and intentionally defaced pieces are not uncommon. Lustrous coins such as the presently offered specimen are seldom seen. This is a really beautiful shilling, perfectly struck from the splendid dies, with high rims, an exacting portrait, nearly flawless surfaces, and fully original, delightful light silvery blue toning. 'Tis a fair beauty, this!
Realized $10,575.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.