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.
Halfpenny or medalet in copper William and Mary, undated, Peck 636 Obv: Small bust of the King right GVLIELMVS III DEI GRATIA, Rev: Small bust of the Queen right, Fine with some flan flaws on either side, (listed under uncertain pieces by Peck), along with a William and Mary Tin Halfpenny in Poor grade
Farthing 1691 About Fine for wear with some pitting, Peck 581/582/583 exact attribution not possible as the edge punctuation unclear in places, along with HalfpennyWilliam and Mary in Tin only Poor and with insufficient detail remaining to determine date or type
Medalet or PatternHalfpennyWilliam and MaryPeck 631, listed by Peck under 'uncertain pieces', 29mm diameter in copper, VG with some weak areas, as mentioned by Peck, struck off-centre on a large crude flan of 33mm, the edge with a with 'hand cut' appearance, Very Rare
Farthings Tin issues (2) 1690 edge with some lettering visible, but punctuation not visible About Fine for wear with some surface blistering, William and Mary date not visible Fair with much of the legend visible, but not the date or edge inscription
Crown 1692 QVARTO ESC 83 EF and attractively toned with some light haymarks, slabbed and graded CGS 65, the finest of 2 examples thus far recorded by the CGS Population Report, Note: All William and Mary Crown highly sought after in the higher grades and seldom seen
Farthings - Pattern Farthings or medalets William and Mary in copper undated (2) The first with Obverse GVLIELMVS III.DEI.GRA Reverse MARIA.II.DEI.GRA. VG, the second Obverse MARIA.II.DEI.GRA Reverse Rose EX CANDORE DECVS VG
Halfpenny 1694 William and Mary apparently struck in Tin weighing 7.9 grammes, the coin in Poor grade and blistered with few details visible, although the date very clear and it's spacing very similar to the copper currency pieces
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