Maltravers Rose Farthing, Type 3

O’Brien Coin Guide: Maltravers ‘Patent’ Rose Farthings (1636-42) for Charles I

Introduction In 1636, directions were given to Lord Maltravers and Sir Francis Crane “to make a new sort of farthing token which should have a little brass in the middle of the copper to distinguish the true farthings from forgeries.” The harp on the reverse was replaced by a rose, and hence these pieces are…

O’Brien Coin Guide: Maltravers ‘Patent’ Farthings (1634-36) for Charles I

Introduction In 1634 another farthing patent was issued, to Henry Howard, (Lord Maltravers) and Sir Francis Crane, their issues being known as Maltravers Farthings. Howard had married Lady Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of Esme Stuart, 3rd Duke of Lennox in 1626, so this patent was ‘passed on’ to yet another member of the royal family. The other…