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London Coins Auction 173
Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED
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James II : English Coins

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Auction 171
English Coins 1693 S.3422 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, in a PCGS holder and graded MS62, with 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 examples of this short series. At the time of writing, the PCGS Population report shows one example graded MS62+ and another at MS63 being the only finer examples. Across the entire series combining all Five Guinea dates and varieties, only 4 examples have been graded higher by PCGS. and in August 2020 an example dated 1692 and graded MS63 by PCGS realised $384,000 in Heritage, and is now being offered for private treaty sale at $499,000, and we can tell you that that the difference in grade between MS62 and 63 is negligible. 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 . (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 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.
£135,000 London Coins : A171 : Lot 1363 : Five Guineas 1693 S.3422 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GR... London Coins : A171 : Lot 1363 : Five Guineas 1693 S.3422 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GR...

Auction 171
English Coins 1688 Late shields over early shields, stated by Bull to be B over R in BR, appears RR so more like R over B, ESC 1528, Bull 780, NEF with attractive old grey tone, some very minor adjustment lines are apparent , a superb example, all Sixpences rare in this high grade, the legend rated at R2 by ESC and Bull must surely be much rarer in this high grade
£850 London Coins : A171 : Lot 1660 : Sixpence 1688 Late shields over early shields, stated by Bull to be B over R in BR, appears RR so mo... London Coins : A171 : Lot 1660 : Sixpence 1688 Late shields over early shields, stated by Bull to be B over R in BR, appears RR so mo...

Auction 170
English Coins 1685 Tin issue, the last digit just visible on the edge, the edge reading only partly visible, Fair, with copper plug intact
£55 London Coins : A170 : Lot 1464 : Farthing 1685 James II Tin issue, the last digit just visible on the edge, the edge reading only par... London Coins : A170 : Lot 1464 : Farthing 1685 James II Tin issue, the last digit just visible on the edge, the edge reading only par...

Auction 169
English Coins 1687 TERTIO edge ESC 78, Bull 743 a very pleasing and high grade example with grey and gold toning. Very few Crowns available in this high level of preservation. In an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 75, the second of 11 examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report
£1,800 London Coins : A169 : Lot 1283 : Crown 1687 TERTIO edge ESC 78, Bull 743 a very pleasing and high grade example with grey and gold to... London Coins : A169 : Lot 1283 : Crown 1687 TERTIO edge ESC 78, Bull 743 a very pleasing and high grade example with grey and gold to...

Auction 168
English Coins 1687 TERTIO ESC 78, Bull 743 EF and retaining some original mint lustre, also with some haymarking and adjustment lines, the fields slightly uneven around the edges of the shields and around the legend, these mentioned for accuracy as the coin displays considerable eye appeal, all Crowns rare in this high grade
£750 London Coins : A168 : Lot 1129 : Crown 1687 TERTIO ESC 78, Bull 743 EF and retaining some original mint lustre, also with some haymar... London Coins : A168 : Lot 1129 : Crown 1687 TERTIO ESC 78, Bull 743 EF and retaining some original mint lustre, also with some haymar...

Auction 158
English Coins 1687 First Bust S3397 Prooflike and Brilliant About Unc rare thus graded and slabbed by PCGS at MS61, and a coin with fantastic eye appeal, very hard to find gold in this grade, indeed we note that an example of a 1688 Elephant and Castle piece, marginally inferior in obverse detail, graded PCGS MS61 WINGS sold recently in a US auction for $108,688 (at the time of writing converted to £84,452), we also note another 1687 Five Guineas of the same type as this lot in NGC MS61 currently being offered for sale at $117,500 on-line
£54,000 London Coins : A158 : Lot 1920 : Five Guineas 1687 First Bust S3397 Prooflike and Brilliant About Unc rare thus graded and slabbed by... London Coins : A158 : Lot 1920 : Five Guineas 1687 First Bust S3397 Prooflike and Brilliant About Unc rare thus graded and slabbed by...

Auction 156
English Coins 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRATIA.  Reverse, crowned garnished square topped arms, lion of Nassau in centre Elephant and Castle below the bust S3423. Edge year QVINTO in raised letters on edge, GEF rare thus, not far off in grade to our lot 857 in LCA 155 Dec 2016 which realised £71,500 hammer. But this piece, the Elephant and Castle variety, is usually more sought after. The famous Samuel King Five Guineas sale by Spink included their well researched analysis of Five Guineas offered for sale in a 40 year period and the 1693 E & C offered here had a frequency of 19 compared to 91 of the S3422 type (1693 without E & C below). Last year a 5 Guineas of this same type S3423 Elephant and Castle below in MS63 realised $258,000 in the USA. 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 . (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 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, the piece offered here has a very competitive starting price and would truly be a bargain in todays market at the low estimate or in our opinion at several bids above.
£55,000 London Coins : A156 : Lot 2006 : Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRAT... London Coins : A156 : Lot 2006 : Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRAT...

Auction 156
English Coins 1685 Peck 547 VG/Fair and stable with some dark toning to the surfaces, the edge legend almost complete and mostly clear
£80 London Coins : A156 : Lot 3219 : Farthing 1685 James II Peck 547 VG/Fair and stable with some dark toning to the surfaces, the edge l... London Coins : A156 : Lot 3219 : Farthing 1685 James II Peck 547 VG/Fair and stable with some dark toning to the surfaces, the edge l...

Auction 155
English Coins 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 examples of this short series. Earlier this year a 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 . (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 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. 
£71,500 London Coins : A155 : Lot 857 : Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRAT... London Coins : A155 : Lot 857 : Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRAT...

Auction 154
English Coins 1685 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
£950 London Coins : A154 : Lot 1900 : Farthing 1685 James II edge type unlisted by Peck, the date figures followed by a 5-lobed mullet ins... London Coins : A154 : Lot 1900 : Farthing 1685 James II edge type unlisted by Peck, the date figures followed by a 5-lobed mullet ins...

Auction 153
English Coins 1685 NVMMORVM [star] FAMVLVS [star] 1685 [star] Peck 547 NEF and stable with good surfaces, the edge strong and bold in most parts
£1,600 London Coins : A153 : Lot 2737 : Farthing 1685 James II NVMMORVM [star] FAMVLVS [star] 1685 [star] Peck 547 NEF and stable with good ... London Coins : A153 : Lot 2737 : Farthing 1685 James II NVMMORVM [star] FAMVLVS [star] 1685 [star] Peck 547 NEF and stable with good ...

Auction 153
English Coins Odds (4) s (2) 1685 ESC 1980, Good Fine, toned, 1687 7 over 6 ESC 1983 Good Fine, 1688 8 over 7 ESC 2195 GVF with some haymarking, 1688 8 over 7 ESC 2297 NEF/GVF
£160 London Coins : A153 : Lot 2256 : Maundy Odds James II (4) Threepences (2) 1685 ESC 1980, Good Fine, toned, 1687 7 over 6 ESC 1983 Goo... London Coins : A153 : Lot 2256 : Maundy Odds James II (4) Threepences (2) 1685 ESC 1980, Good Fine, toned, 1687 7 over 6 ESC 1983 Goo...

Auction 150
English Coins 1688 8 over 7 S.3399 GVF with some light haymarking on the reverse, a pleasing and evenly struck piece with much eye appeal, Two Guineas are rare in all grades, this being only the second example and by far the finest example offered by us since 2003
£9,000 London Coins : A150 : Lot 3117 : Two Guineas 1688 8 over 7 S.3399 GVF with some light haymarking on the reverse, a pleasing and evenl... London Coins : A150 : Lot 3117 : Two Guineas 1688 8 over 7 S.3399 GVF with some light haymarking on the reverse, a pleasing and evenl...

Auction 150
English Coins 1686 First Laureate Bust S3400 pleasing VF and graded XF45 by NGC and in their holder
£2,700 London Coins : A150 : Lot 2193 : Guinea 1686 James II First Laureate Bust S3400 pleasing VF and graded XF45 by NGC and in their holde... London Coins : A150 : Lot 2193 : Guinea 1686 James II First Laureate Bust S3400 pleasing VF and graded XF45 by NGC and in their holde...

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