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BM03039

Anne 1707 Pre Union Crown

Anne (1702-14), silver Crown, 1707, 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. SEXTO. weight 29.98g (Bull 1343; ESC 102; S.3578). Toned with light haymarking, otherwise practically 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 edge translates as "An ornament and a safeguard in the sixth year of her reign."

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.

Provenance:

Ex Spink Coin Auction, 6th October 2004, lot 730.

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