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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.