Sovereign Rarities Ltd > Auction 9Auction date: 6 June 2023
Lot number: 19

Price realized: Unsold
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Charles I (1625-49), silver obsidional Newark Shilling, 1645, Royal crown, C to left, R to right, denomination below in Roman numerals, beaded border both sides, rev. three line inscription and date, OBS: / NEWARK / 1645, 5.73g (Brooker 1225; N.2640; S.3143). Weakly struck on left portion of obverse and corresponding part of reverse, otherwise lightly toned, about very fine.

Newark in Nottinghamshire was besieged a number of times in the Civil War and the siege pieces were issued with dates of 1645 and 1646, the Shilling being the first denomination to appear with a crude ovoid crown design and with an E on the end of the town name styling it as "Newarke." The next denomination issued was the Ninepence in unison with the Shilling after a revision of the crown style. Later in 1645 the Halfcrown appears when all three of the denominations are styled with the town name as "Newark" like we have demonstrated herewith. Finally, the Sixpence appears for use dated 1646 and is consequently the rarest of the denominations. The letters OBS: are an abbreviation of the word obsidional which means "of the siege." Newark surrendered to the Parliamentarians on the 6th of May 1646.

Ex Noble Investments plc. Purchased Autumn 2004.

Starting price: 1800 GBP