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William III Sixpence 1696E, Exeter Mint, first bust, large crowns, early harp
William III (1694-1702), silver Sixpence, 1696, Exeter Mint, 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 in Irish arms, date either side of top crown, .MAG BR.FRA ET.HIB REX., weight 3.14g (Bull 1277; ESC 1537; S.3523). Struck a little off-centre, toned with flan adjustment marks on corresponding parts of both sides, otherwise a bold very fine.
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."
Struck as part of the Great Recoinage of 1696-97 when all the old hammered silver coinage was finally called in at Regional centres specifically set up across England to then mint the old silver as new milled coinage. The Exeter Mint was there to serve the south west of the country. Apart from the capital city of London with no regional letter below the bust, the other minting centres were Bristol as a principal port with mint letter B, Chester mint letter C, Norwich mint letter N and York mint letter Y.
Ex Michael Gietzelt Collection, Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 151, 14th November 2018, lot 87.