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HM32229

William III 1699 Guinea, one of the rarest dates of the reign

Regular price £3,500
Regular price Sale price £3,500

William III (1694-1702),gold Guinea, 1699, second laureate head right, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GVLIELMVS. III. DEI. GRA.,rev. crowned cruciform shields, plain sceptres in angles, Lion of Nassau as an escutcheon at centre with eight billets, date either side of top crown, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, six strings to Irish harp,.MAG BR.FRA ET.HIB REX., edge obliquely milled, weight 8.24g (MCE 182; Farey 420 R3; Bull EGC 419 R2; S.3460).Toned, the main lines of the portrait visible with some even surface wear, inconsequential edge nick at 2 o'clock, reverse better. good fine, extremely rare, the key date in the non-fine work series.

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

The 1699 calendar year had an output of £141,377 worth of gold struck into coin, one of the smaller outputs of the reign and only about 10% of that produced two years later in 1701.

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