Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right. GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRATIA. Reverse, crowned garnished square topped arms, lion of Nassau in centre. Edge year QVINTO in raised letters on edge, GEF reverse better and crisply struck rare thus, prooflike and brilliant fields a piece with remarkable eye appeal, the bust and reverse design lightly frosted, retaining much mint lustre, must surely be one of the finest known examples of this short series. Earlier this year a William and Mary 5 Guineas in MS63 realised $258,000 and in our opinion this coin would be at least MS62 on the US grading scale. William and Mary were spouses who reigned over the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. They began their joint reign in February 1689 after they were offered the throne by the Convention Parliament. James II (Mary’s father) had fled the country and William and Mary occupied what was in effect a vacant throne. They were the first joint rulers in England for over 800 years, although Philip II and Mary I had appeared on English coinage together. Mary was to reign until her death from smallpox in December 1694 and William continued his rule alone, until his death in March 1702. The reign of William and Mary was brief and their coins are relatively scarce.
Farthing 1685 James II edge type unlisted by Peck, the date figures followed by a 5-lobed mullet instead of the star-shaped mullet, GVF/VF with a few spots, retaining much original tin colour and attractive for the type
Two Guineas 1688 8 over 7 S.3399 GVF with some light haymarking on the reverse, a pleasing and evenly struck piece with much eye appeal, James II Two Guineas are rare in all grades, this being only the second example and by far the finest example offered by us since 2003
Sixpence 1687 ESC 1526B Later Shields, scarcer type, NEF nicely toned with some light haymarking on the reverse, we note this is the finest we have handled of this type, all James II Sixpences hard to find in better grades
Five Guineas 1688 QVARTO Second Laureate Bust S.3397A Choice EF with brilliant prooflike fields, and rare to find so nice, James II 5 Guineas in similar choice grade as this have been reported with retail ticket prices approaching £50,000 at major London Coin Shows
Guinea 1686 Elephant and Castle S.3403 GF with some haymarking on the obverse, our archive results indicate that since 2003 we have handled 15 James II Guineas only one of which was the Elephant and Castle type, this is the first of this date and type we have handled, probably a lot scarcer than catalogue values would imply
Shilling 1685 ESC 1068 NEF/EF with some very light adjustment marks on the reverse and light contact marks on the portrait, very scarce in grades higher than VF, our records show we have only sold three James II Shillings in better than VF since 2003
Half Guinea 1688 S.3404 Nearer EF than VF with some weakness on the higher points of the King's hair and correspondingly on the base of the French shield all James II Half Guineas hard to find and in our opinion under-rated in terms of rarity this borne out by the fact that we have handled only two examples since March 2003
Farthings (2) James II Tin issue type 1 Laureate and cuirassed bust, comes with Farthing Specialist ticket stating '1685 Peck 547' (the commonest variety) though no trace of the date discernable thus difficult to attribute with any certainty Fair with muc
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