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1689 William & Mary Silver Halfcrown L Over M First Reverse

1689 William & Mary Silver Halfcrown L Over M First Reverse Obverse

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A very collectable silver Halfcrown of William III and Mary II, dated 1689: the first year of their joint rule following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. They were crowned in April and in December Parliament passed the Bill of Rights - a landmark act which limited the power of the monarch(s) and set out certain individual civil rights in law for the first time. The obverse features the conjoined busts of William and Mary, laureate and draped, with William at the front. This obverse has a clear variant where the second L in ‘GVILIELMVS’ sits over an M. The reverse shows the first crowned shield of arms, distinguished by details of the crown which extends to the very edge of the coin. In this type the caul - the cap or fabric inside the arches - is shown frosted as well as the interior. Pairs of pearls, arranged vertically, appear on the band. The variations here are many, making this an interesting date and series to collect and study with this being a particularly fascinating example. Spink 3434.
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Conjoined first busts of William III and Mary II, laureate and draped, both facing right. Legend: 'GVLIELMVS · ET · MARIA · DEI · GRATIA'. Second L in GVLIELMVS' shows an M beneath.


Shield of royal arms, crown atop frosted at the caul and showing pearls on the band. Legend: 'MAG · BR · FR · ET · HIB · REX · ET · REGINA · 1689', the date divided by the crown.


GVF - Rich even grey tone with lighter hi-lights, bold details and no issues for good Very Fine.


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