The head of the Head of the Commonwealth

Next week at Sotheby’s an engraved bronze relic from 1658, taken from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, is for sale. It is to be sold in London on 9th December 2014 in the English Literature and History Auction and can be yours for about £12,000. Cromwell was buried as a King but exhumed as a criminal. The bronze plaque, engraved with the coat of arms of the Commonwealth, was buried with him in his coffin at Westminster Abbey in 1658 and purloined by the Serjeant of the House of Commons, James Norfolk, when Cromwell was dug up on the orders of the Restoration Parliament in 1661.

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