or Three Pound Piece, Oxford Mint, 1643, crowned and armoured half-length portrait of King left, holding upright sword in right hand, laurel branch in left hand, flowing scarf behind, Oxford plumes in field, within beaded circle, top and bottom of portrait intruding, initial mark plume with bands, CAROLVS:D:G.MAGN:BRIT:FR:ET:HI:REX beaded outer border both sides, rev legend on wire line scroll EXVRGAT: DEVS: DISSIPENTVR: INIMICI: surrounds Declaration RELIG:PROT LEG:.:ANGL: LIBER: PAR. in three lines on wavy scroll at centre, date below, value III between stops and three Oxford plumes above, 26.66g. (Beresford-Jones dies V/S5; Schneider 291; Brooker 836; N.2383; S.2726). Double struck as usual for this die combination, struck on a nice broad flan, as struck with weaknesses inherent from the double strike, toned with underlying brilliance, about extremely fine and very rare. £120,000
Clifford T Weihman, Stacks USA, October 1951, lot 174
John Jay Pittman, USA, 6-8th August 1999, lot 3739 and colour plate
Samuel King, 5th May 2005, lot 77
This die combination is always double struck to a degree, and is notoriously hard to find with a decent portrait. The piece offered here is not as double struck as usual and it is the legend that exhibits more of the doubled look rather than the portrait. The portrait of this piece is particularly pleasing for a coin of this die combination.
For further reading see R D Beresford-Jones, British Numismatic Journal 3rd series, Volume VII (1952-54) pages 334-344 and plates.
ONE OF THE RAREST DIE COMBINATIONS IN THE TRIPLE UNITE SERIES,
AND ONE OF THE FEW THAT J G BROOKER DID NOT OBTAIN
BH032 Charles I (1625-49), Triple-Unite or Three Pound Piece, Oxford Mint, 1643, crowned and armoured half-length portrait of King left, holding upright sword in right hand, laurel branch in left hand, Oxford plumes in field, all entirely within beaded circle, initial mark plume with bands, CAROLVS.D:G.MAGN:BRIT:FRAN:ET:HIB:REX.: toothed border both sides, rev legend on wire line scroll EXVRGAT: DEVS: DISSIPENTVR: INIMICI: surrounds and continues into Declaration RELIG:PROT LEG:ANG LIBER: PAR in three lines on continuous scroll at centre, date below, value III and three Oxford plumes above, 26.49g. (Beresford-Jones dies VI/L4; Schneider 298; Brooker -; N.2384; S.2727). Once polished, now starting to tone with a tinge of red, dig in obverse field and lightly hairlined, weakly struck on shoulder and at corresponding part of reverse, a few tiny nicks on reverse and short scratch above first I of value, otherwise nearly very fine and an extremely rare die combination with this London made reverse die. £49,500
Glendining, 9th April 1975, lot 24
It is interesting to note that amongst the 15 different Triple Unites within the comprehensive John G Brooker Collection there was no specimen of this die combination.
All the specific dies were recorded by R D Beresford-Jones in his article about Triple-Unites in the British Numismatic Journal 3rd Series, Volume VII (1952-54), page 334-344 and plates.
It would be a fair estimate to say that only one in every twenty of the available Triple-Unites will