Great Britain 1697 shilling
This specimen is lot 264 in Spink sale 9031 (London, November 2009). The catalog description 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 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.
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