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James II 1685 Halfcrown, first bust, first year of the reign

James II (1685-88), silver Halfcrown, 1685, first laureate and draped bust left, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, IACOBVS. II. DEI. GRATIA, rev. crowned cruciform shields, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB REX. edge inscribed in raised letters, +.DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. . ANNO. REGNI. PRIMO.+, weight 15.04g (Bull 748; ESC 493; S.3408). Toned, some nicks in neck area, a bold very fine, reverse better.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James the Second, by the grace of God," and on the reverse, "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland," additionally on the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the first year of the reign."

We note the calendar year output of silver for 1685 totaled £94,773.

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