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William and Mary 1690 GRETIA Halfcrown

William and Mary (1688-94), silver Halfcrown, 1690, GRETIA error, first conjoined busts right, legend surrounding, GVLIELMVS. ET. MARIA. DEI. GRETIA, second V of King's name over an S, toothed border around rim both sides, rev second crowned quartered shield of arms with an escutcheon of the Lion of Nassau, no frosting, no pearls, date either side of crown, .MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX. ET. REGINA. edge inscribed in raised letters, .+. DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. SECVNDO .*., weight 15.11g (Bull 847/848; ESC 514 R3; S.3435). Toned, some light metal starvation evident on the high points of the busts, good very fine and very rare this well preserved for the error legend.

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 second year of the reign."

Provenance:

Ex Dix, Noonan and Webb, Auction 59, 7th October 2003, lot 79.

Ex Colin Adams, Collection of Halfcrowns, Spink, 1st December 2005, lot 402.

Ex Barry Pritchard Collection, Baldwin Auction 57, 23rd September 2009. Lot 663.

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