In London on the afternoon of 27 March, Spink will auction the
finest known example of the Reddite, an extremely rare and
remarkable silver Crown, in a sale of Ancient, English and
Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals.
The Reddite Crown, takes its name for the Latin inscription on
the edge of coin. It was struck for exhibition to Charles II in
1663 to enable Thomas Simon, the finest medallist and seal engraver
of the time, to demonstrate his skill. At the time, new technology
was being introduced which allowed the edge of the coin to be
inscribed and Thomas Simon set out to impress the king with what
could be done. One coin, known as the Petition, has on its edge a
petition to the king in two lines, a remarkable feat whilst
another, of which this is an example, included an image as well as
text. The end result was truly outstanding, an object of great
beauty as well a technical accomplishment.
The obverse contains a stunning bust of Charles II struck
in high relief with Simon's signature underneath, an unusual
practise in this era.
The reverse is engraved with four crowned cruciform
shields of England, Scotland, Ireland and France, arranged in the
form of a cross, with a beautifully detailed insignia of the Order
of the Garter placed in the centre.
Simon pioneered a new technology to impress an inscription
around the edge of coins something that was at the cutting edge of
coin design and production in 1663.
Inscribed around the edge is the Latin inscription;'REDDITE QVÆ
CÆSARIS CÆSARI &CT'('RENDER UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE
CAESAR'S ETC'), referencing Christ's words noted in the Gospels on
the relationship between religion and secular authority.
This is followed by the word'POST'and an image of the sun
emerging from behind clouds. This abbreviates the Latin phrase
'POST NUBILA PHOEBUS'meaning the sun shines after the storm, a
reference to the restoration of Charles II bringing new hope after
the difficulties of the Civil War and the Commonwealth.
The Reddite Crown comes from the same collection as the
Petition Crown, sold at a Spink auction in September 2007 for a
record price of £207,000.
It is thought that no more than thirty examples were made
of the Petition and Reddite Crowns. The Reddite is far rarer than
the Petition with only five examples in silver known to exist.
The coin being sold on 27 March has long been noted as the
finest known example of the Reddite Crown. It was first
recorded in a collection in 1755 and since then has passed through
a number of most important private collections of English coins and
was last sold in 1950.
Spink coin specialist William MacKay comments on how "The
Reddite is a remarkable coin that combines rarity, historical
importance with great beauty and technical innovation. Such coins
only rarely come to market and we expect there to be worldwide
interest in this coin.'
The Reddite is estimated at £100,000 - £120,000.
Estimated: £100,000 - £120,000
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London, March 3 2014