Anne 1706 Halfcrown

Anne 1706 Halfcrown

Anne (1702-14), silver Halfcrown, 1706, draped bust left, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, ANNA. DEI. GRATIA. rev. Pre-Union type crowned cruciform shields, garter star at centre, roses and plumes in alternate angles, date either side of top crown, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB. REG. edge inscribed in raised letters, .+.DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. QVINTO. weight 14.94g (Bull 1361; ESC 572; S.3582). Attractively toned, a few light surface marks and light flecks, otherwise almost extremely fine.

The Latin legends translate as "Anne by the grace of God" on obverse, and on the reverse "Queen of Great Britian, France and Ireland."

The old claim to the French Kingdom dating back to the time of the Wars of the Roses, when King Henry VI had regnal jurisdiction over a portion of France, and a number of Mints including Paris. Subsequently the last French possession of Calais had been physically lost in the time of Mary Tudor on January 7th 1557/8.



Ex Colin Adams, Collection of Halfcrowns, Spink Coin Auction, 1st December 2005, lot 495.


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