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FM21353

William III 1695 Guinea, first bust

William III (1694-1702), gold Guinea, 1695, first laureate head right, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding both sides, GVLIELMVS. III. DEI. GRA., rev. crowned cruciform shields, small lis in French arms, emblematic sceptres in angles, Lion of Nassau at centre, date either side of top crown, .MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB. REX. weight 8.30g (Schneider 483; Bull EGC 403; Farey 370; MCE 174; S.3458). Golden yellow tone, though perhaps once lightly cleaned, a couple of light flecks and some striated marks in fields, a little weak at hair ties, a couple of flat spots in edge graining, otherwise almost very fine.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "William the Third, by the Grace of God," and abbreviated on the reverse as "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland."

We note the output of gold for this initial year of the William III Guinea totalled £717,218 which is the second largest of the reign after the fine work type of 1701.

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