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JM33345

William and Mary 1694 Two-Guineas, 4 struck over 3, conjoined busts

Regular price £12,500
Regular price Sale price £12,500

William and Mary (1688-94),gold Two Guineas, 1694/3, 4 in date struck over 3, first conjoined busts right, legend surrounding, GVLIELMVS. ET. MARIA. DEI. GRATIA, toothed border around rim both sides,rev.crowned quartered shield of arms with scalloped frame, Lion of Nassau at centre in square topped shield with 10 billets, six strings to Irish harp, date either side of crown, MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB . REX. ET. REGINA., weight 16.79g (MCE 145; S.3424).Attractive tone with underlying bloom, proficient detail in the busts, the usual distortion in the midsection of King's hair, few sporadic contact marks, perhaps once cleaned. Bold good very fine, much eye appeal.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "William and Mary by the Grace of God" continuing on the reverse as "King and Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland."

We note the gold output for the calendar year of 1694 was a moderate £57,246, literally half the output of 1692 and less than half the peak initial year of the reign of 1689.

Provenance:

Ex John W. Garrett Collection (Part II, Numismatic Fine Arts & Leu, 16 October 1984), lot 1067

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