Researching for a history paper.
Oh it’s gonna’ be a long night.
Things that don’t make it through airport security - water bottles, kickin’ rad bullet belt.
*steathily opens tab of “let it go” so no one sitting next to me sees*
#vscocam wandering around sunset in a half awake state. might need some of those reliable drugs.
Siege money from the English Civil War: Silver Shilling (Type I) of Charles I, struck at Pontefract Castle in 1648
These pieces, struck during the period of June 1648 to March 1649, were hand-made from silver plate either taken by or given to the king’s forces, while the Pontefract Castle (pronounced “pom-fret”) was under heavy siege as the loyalist position steadily deteriorated. The legend DVM SPIRO SPERO translates to mean “Whilst I live, I hope” in English, which is indicative of King Charles’ plight, for while the castle remained under siege he was captured, tried, and executed on January 30th 1649 for his “crimes” against the commonwealth (he was accused of treason).
It was seemingly the end of the Stuart rule (his son was not to return from hiding in the French court of the Sun King for more than a decade), and surely many loyalists saved coins such as this as mementos of an era they believed had ended. If caught during the Commonwealth era with such a coin, a citizen might be executed, so many such pieces were destroyed. Luckily, a small number survived until the Restoration in 1660.
The reverse of this excellent example features a charming if crudely engraved image of a castle, with “PC” above its central tower, “OBS” for “besieged” vertically to the left, the date 1648 below the castle gate, and an arm extending to the right holding out a sword. The king’s plight (this coin was made after he was imprisoned) as thus displayed remains alluring to this day. The castle itself dated to within two decades of the Norman conquest. It had long been used as a prison, housing Richard II (who died within its walls), James I when he was king of Scotland, and even the Duke of Orleans after Henry V captured him at the Battle of Agincourt in October 1415. Richard III lived there when visiting Yorkshire. Castle Pontefract endured three sieges during the English Civil War, and following the king’s execution it was torn down by order of Parliament.
Some interesting words about siege coins.