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By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

Our world coin this week was born out of the British monarchy’s greatest homegrown crisis, the English Civil Wars of 1642-45 and 1648-49. During the reign of Charles I a number of factors put strain on the relationship between the King and Parliament. The King’s marriage to a Roman Catholic, failure in wars with Spain and France, the levying of taxes without the consent of Parliament and the use of antiquated laws to fine individuals led to revolts from both the Scots and the Irish, as well as estranging the King from main factions in Parliament. One of the final blows before the start of the war was Charles’ attempted arrest of five members of the House of Commons, actually entering the House by force with an armed guard.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

Once more our coin of the week is a rarity from the Oxford Mint set up during the first English Civil War of 1642-6. The Triple Unite was the largest denomination coin minted in Britain up to this time and was struck, at least in part, for use as gifts to those whom the King wished to sway to his side in the ongoing conflict. More to that point the obverse design for the Triple Unite features an armored bust of Charles I, prepared for battle with broadsword raised, and yet in a clever visual dichotomy he carries an olive branch in his left hand clutched over his heart.