Charles I and his Oxford Crown
Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.
and used by kind permission
Charles I established his headquarters in Oxford during the English Civil War. His mint was here with him from 1643 to 1646.
The crown gives us a view of Oxford at the time of Charles I. A detailed picture of a city like this is without parallel on English coinage. In the foreground is the city wall and moat. On the left is Magdalen Tower. The two central spires belong to All Saints Church (reconstructed since the time of Charles I, and now Lincoln College library) and the University Church of St. Mary on the High Street.