Great Britain 1697 shilling

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This specimen is lot 264 in Spink sale 9031 (London, November 2009). The catalog description[1] noted, "William III, Shilling, 1697, laureate draped third bust right, rev. four crowned shields cruciform, extensive as struck lustre, weak in places on reverse, good extremely fine." The early issues (1692-93) of William III show him conjoined with his queen, Mary II; after her death he is portrayed alone. Several branch mints issued this type but this specimen is from London. The type was struck 1695-1701 with many variants, Lobel et al[2] show six obverses and 67 varieties.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.8-6.2 g, silver, 25-26 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 497.1, ESC 1102; S.3505, Coincraft W3SH-110 thru W3SH-250.

Source:

  • [1]Bishop, Richard, and William MacKay, Ancient, English and Foreign Coins, and Commemorative Medals, London: Spink, 2009.
  • [2]Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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