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Royal (or State) Farthings of James I, Charles I, and the Commonwealth

Charles I (27 March 1625 - 30 January 1649)
Maltravers Type

(See also Farthings of James I, Charles I, and the Commonwealth)

The Maltravers farthings fall into two main categories and these are the round and oval types. Often the coin may be in such condition that is not easy to determine if the shape is round or oval. In these cases, the distinction in type can be made by examining the legend. On the round pieces, the legend on both the obverse and the reverse starts at the top of the coin, just to the right of center and proceeds downwards in a clockwise fashion. On the oval coins, the legend on both obverse and reverse starts at the bottom, to the left of center, and proceeds upwards in a clockwise manner.

The Maltravers types are distinguished from the Richmond coins by the fact that they have an inner beaded circle surrounding the central types (the circle is broken at the top on the reverse by the crown). Additionally, the Maltravers farthings have a fuller form of the name in the legend on the obverse which usually reads CAROLVS or CAROLV instead of the CARO or CARA that is found on the Richmond type.

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Maltravers Round Currency (Copper): (1634-1636)
Spink 3189-3191; Peck 230-267; Montagu 3
O  Crown with double arch and with 5 jewels on the circlet; crossed scepters through the crown
CAROLVS D G MAG BRIT (or rarely [CAROIVS] or [CΛRLVS]
R  Harp with 5, 6, 7, or 8 strings and an eagle's head, broad crown above with double arch and with 5 oval jewels on the circlet
FRAN ET HIB REX
Legends on obverse and reverse begin at top center
Approximate value in the condition (EF) shown: $80.00
P0241__1 Farthing, Maltravers Round of Charles I
Maltravers Oval Currency (Copper): (1634-1636)
Spink 3200; Peck 286-287; Montagu 2
O  Crown with double arch and with 5 oval jewels on the circlet; crossed scepters through the crown, privy mark between the scepter handles
CAROLVS · D : G : MAG : BRI : (or [: BRI ·] or [: BRI]) (top dot of colon is an apostrophe)
R  Harp with 7 or 8 strings and an eagle's head, broad crown above with double arch and with 5 oval jewels on the circlet
· FRAN : ET · HIB : REX · (or [FRAN :]) (top dot of colon is an apostrophe)
Legends on obverse and reverse begin at bottom and to the left of center
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