Sovereign Rarities Ltd
Auction 12  21 Feb 2024
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Lot 35

Starting price: 600 GBP
Price realized: 700 GBP
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William III (1694-1702), silver Crown, 1696, third laureate and draped bust right, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GVLIELMVS. III. DEI. GRA., rev. crowned cruciform shields, Lion of Nassau at centre in cartouche with nine billets, five strings to early harp, date either side of top crown, .MAG. BR.FRA. ET.HIB. REX., edge inscribed, +.+.DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. .ANNO. REGNI. OCTAVO, 29.84g (Bull 1004; ESC 94; S.3472). Toned, some raised die flaws and adjustment marks as often seen on this series, otherwise proficiently struck on good metal with pleasing overall detail. A well-balanced example of the third bust Crown, good very fine.

The Latin legend translates as on obverse as "William the Third by the Grace of God," continuing on the reverse as "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland." The edge inscription translates as "An ornament and safeguard in the eighth year of reign."
Ex Simon Willis with three accompanying tickets, marked as Extremely fine on the aforementioned tickets.
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