I agree, but the original poster with the William Shilling had a point and may have got confused with the 1696 - 1699 great recoinage.
By the way I love your Eloi Mestrel 6d there - stunning piece and the twist in the story the British moneyers got annoyed with him, he lost his job and around 1579 Eloi was hanged for counterfeiting coins!
My Charles I Halfcrown is clearly a hammered piece, but at the time a Nicolas Briot (Also French) was making milled coins for Charles as well.
The first truly milled UK coins were the patterns for Oliver Cromwell from 1658 and Thomas Simon the maker of those was passed over in 1662 for Jan Roettiers a Dutchman for the new milled coinage of Charles II (Simon's Petition crown is magnificient).
Just have to show that beauty again!
Milled coins were rolled out between 1662 and 1670 with Guineas, Crowns and Shillings going first and the last I think were Pennies and coins to 4d. Copper farthings and Halfpence followed in 1672.
In 1696, Sir Isaac Newton was commissioned by William III to organise a massive recoinage in England to replace the thousands of worn and clipped coins in circulation and most of the coins being used were dated from the 1550s through to the 1660s hammered coins of Charles II, many were clipped and in bad shape (it seemed post 1662 milled coins were not fully saturated).
Over four years, several branch mints were opened up and the full range of coins from guineas down to pennies were minted and thus by 1700, the scourge of 16th century clipped coins were gone. The shilling he showed was one of them.
It was the last great recoinage until 1816, when milled coins were obselete and gave way to perfectly round steam press made coins that were legal tender through to 1971!
Edited by Princetane
02/11/2020 05:01 am