William and Mary 1689 Halfcrown

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William and Mary 1689 Halfcrown

William and Mary (1688-94), silver Halfcrown, 1689, first conjoined busts right, legend surrounding, GVLIELMVS. ET. MARIA. DEI. GRATIA, toothed border around rim both sides, rev second crowned quartered shield of arms with an escutcheon of the Lion of Nassau, caul and interior frosted with pearls on crown band, date either side of crown, .MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX. ET. REGINA. edge inscribed in raised letters, .+. DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. PRIMO, weight 14.99g (Bull 837; ESC 508; S.3435). Attractively toned, good very fine.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "William and Mary by the Grace of God," and abbreviated on the reverse as "King and Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland." and additionally on the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the first year of the reign."

 

Provenance:

Ex Spink America Auction, New-York, 3 December 1996, lot 562.

Ex Colin Adams, Collection of Halfcrowns, Spink, 1st December 2005, lot 392.

BM02822

£2,500
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