Great Britain 1687 4 pence
This specimen was lot 30633 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description noted, "James II Fourpence 1687/6, MS65 NGC. A really gorgeous example of the largest denomination used in Maundy sets, boldly struck and having superb eye-appeal, the king's portrait splendidly detailed, the surrounding broad raised rim undisturbed and seeming to frame the royal image, with gleaming luster beneath vivid amber-gold and bluish green iridescent toning. About as fine as exists. All of this king's coins are difficult to find in any grade higher than EF." This type was struck 1685-88 during James's short reign. It is perhaps the most available denomination. During the eighteenth century the sixpence edged out the four pence, which was relegated to Maundy sets.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: S-3414, KM 455.1.
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