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William and Mary 1689 Halfcrown, first busts, first shield, L over M in legend

William and Mary (1688-94), silver Halfcrown, 1689, first conjoined busts right, legend surrounding, GVLIELMVS. ET. MARIA. DEI. GRATIA, the second L of legend struck over an M, toothed border around rim both sides, rev. first crowned quartered shield of arms with an escutcheon of the Lion of Nassau, caul and interior frosted with pearls on crown band, date either side of crown, .MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX. ET. REGINA. edge inscribed in raised letters, .+. DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. PRIMO, weight 14.72g (Bull 827; ESC 503A; S.3434). Toned with some flecking and blemishes, an even very fine and a scarce variety.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "William and Mary by the Grace of God," and abbreviated on the reverse as "King and Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland." and additionally on the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the first year of the reign."

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