Tag Archives: Maltravers

Maltravers Type 2

?Similar to Type 1 but (same) privy mark now on both sides.? At 12.00 o’clock on obv. and 10.00 o’clock on rev. These can be:- rose, woolpack, bell, lis (large), lis (small), or martlet. Die axis is variable. Harp strings range from five to eight. Numerous counterfeits exist, some of good quality.

Illustrated? E.133d/P.245. pm=lis/lis (s). 6 strings. c.1634-36. (VR) ef


Maltravers Type 3

Similar style but now different privy marks on each side. These can be ? woolpack/rose, martlet/bell, woolpack/portcullis, lis/portcullis, harp/bell, or harp/billet. Except for woolpack/rose (which may be counterfeit) all have unrotated die axis. Five to seven strings occur.

Illustrated E.140f/P.263. pm=harp/billet. c.1635-6. (VR) gvf


Maltravers Type 4 Oval

Legends begin at 7.00 o?clock. No inner circle. Lis, large is the only privy mark. It is found between the obv. sceptres and at the end of the reverse legend. Seven and eight string versions. Die axis unrotated.

Illustrated?E.141d/P.287. 8 strings. Obverse 1. ?c.1634-36. (VR) bold vf



These transitional farthings were produced for a short period either at the end of the Richmond patent, or at the beginning of Maltravers one. They used similar legends to the Richmond coins, but the more ornate crowns and harp design? later used on the Maltravers pieces. Two privy marks exist – a harp and a pierced quatrefoil, positioned at 12.00 o?clock on the obverse. The former have an unrotated die axis ? the latter, rotated. Always 6 strings (not 7 as stated in Peck)

Illustrated? E.124a/P.229. pm=quatrefoil. C.1634. (C) ef (Thames-washed)

Richmond Type 1b

CARO over IACO. 9 circlet jewels either side. Eagle-headed harp with 5 or 6 strings. Recorded privy marks ? dagger and mascle. Obverse pm at 12.00 o?clock. Die axis upright.

Illustrated E.57/P.120. pm=dagger. 1625. (VS) ef











Harington Type 2/3 Mule

Pairing of type 2 obverse with type 3 reverse. Privy mark is martlet on reverse. Seven harp strings. Die axis rotated.

Illustrated? (by courtesy of the Colin Cooke collection) E.21b/P.50. c.1616 (R) gvf