London ( 120), Barbican, Francis Morley at the Royal Oak, Halfpenny, 1668
17th century token
City of London
Francis Morley at the [Royal Oak]
Obv: FRANCIS MORLEY AT THE = Head of crowned King Charles in the Royal Oak
Rev: IN BARBICAN 1668 = HIS / HALFE / PENY / FMM
BW 120, Norweb -.
Fine to Nearly Very Fine. Extremely rare.
On the obverse the crowned head of King Charles II appears in a tree. This refers to the occasion when he had to take refuge in an oak tree ("the Royal Oak") in Boscobel Wood following defeat at the Battle of Worcester, in September 1651, two and a half years after his father had been executed. A few weeks later he managed to escape to the Continent, where he stayed before returning as king in 1660.