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William III 1696 heavy flan Sixpence piedfort, of highest rarity R5
William III (1694-1702),silver Piedfort Sixpence, 1696, first laureate and draped bust right, legend and toothed border surrounding, GVLIELMVS. III. DEI. GRA.,rev.crowned cruciform shields, large crowns, Lion of Nassau at centre, early harp with three strings in Irish arms, date either side of top crown, .MAG BR.FRA ET.HIB REX., edge grained, weight 4.92g (Bull 12090 R5; ESC 1534A R5; S.3520).Struck on a thick flan over 50% heavier than usual, possibly some kind of presentation piece, toned, surface marks and a few nicks in front of face, otherwise about very fine and of the highest rarity, one of only two examples the cataloguer has ever handled in thirty years, with an impeccable provenance.
The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "William III by the Grace of God," and abbreviated on the reverse as "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland."
Ex Rev. Henry Christmas, Sotheby, 1st February 1864, lot 826 part, sold in lot for 5/- to Rishton.
Ex John Edward Makon Rishton, Sotheby, 13th July 1875, lot 147 part, sold in lot for 19/-
Ex Alfred Bole Collection part I, Dix Noonan and Webb, 29th September 2010, lot 1666.
Ex A. H. Baldwin Fixed Price List, Summer 2011, item BM122.