Great Britain 1685 shilling

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 31093
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This specimen was lot 31093 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $960. The catalog description[1] noted, "James II Shilling 1685 AU55 NGC, Quite simply fascinating to find so well-preserved, one of only a handful of survivors to be certified at this level, with a mere 3 pieces reaching the Mint State level between NGC and PCGS combined. While highly subdued on the obverse, the tiniest bit of friction visible on the king's nose the strike appears an admirable achievement, forming radiant flow lines between the legends and rims in portions, and even breaking the die on the B of IACOBVS. Notably original despite some minimal rub, and fully alluring as such. Ex. Grosvenor Collection. From the Lake County Collection." This type was struck 1685-88 during James's short reign. Later shillings of William III are much more common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: S-3410; KM 451.1, ESC-760 (prev. 1068).


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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