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Crowns

 

WCA-6044:  1696 William III Full Silver Crown – Birthing Token.  Hand engraved, “JANE AVERN, BORN SEP 19, 1806”.  The obverse has been skilfully engraved to enhance William’s features.  The reverse has the engraving as well as a combination brooch / pendant device.  It was the tradition at this period in time to bestow a gift of silver in the form of a coin upon a newly born child.  Jane Avern.  Birth: 19 September 1806 in EDGBASTON, WARWICK, ENGLAND.  Christening: 9 November 1806.  Father: Edw. Avern, Mother: Jane.  Source: England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.  It is interesting to note that the girl's father, Edward Avern, was an English medallist of the beginning of the nineteenth century. He exhibited several medals at the royal academy.  Source: http://www.historicalartmedals.com   The British Museum page records Edward Avern as having designed a medal dated 1824, but unfortunately the link appears to be not working.  I’ve still copied it in case it works again in the future: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_research_catalogues/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=951792&partid=1&output=Terms/!!/OR/!!/12979/!//!/fisherman/fishing/!//!!//!!!/&orig=/research/online_research_catalogues/russian_icons/catalogue_of_russian_icons/advanced_search.aspx&currentPage=2&numpages=10.  There is a rather interesting display on such things in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.  This would have been presented to the baby by a close relative or friend but in this case, based on the most unusual obverse decoration and the father’s profession, I suspect the his hand.  Many thanks to Guy de la Bodoyere for his research.  See “Love Tokens” in the Medals & Tokens section

 

 

 

Halfcrowns

 

WCA-6396:  William III “Norwich” 1697 Silver Halfcrown.  A William III silver halfcrown struck at the provincial mint town of Norwich.  £175

 

WCA-5041:  William III “Chester” 1697 Silver Halfcrown.  A William III silver halfcrown struck at the provincial mint town of Chester.  £85

 

 

 

Sixpences

 

WCA-5645:  William III Silver Sixpence – BROCKAGE.  A first bust (1695-7), sixpence with the reverse being a mirror image of the obverse!  When a coin is stuck in the die and another planchet (blank) is introduced, that first coin makes an incused (the opposite of raised up) impression on the second coin.  The stuck coin acts like die and the second coin ends up with the same impression raised and incused.  Termed a brockage.  Die axis en-medaille.  These mint errors are rare as they usually never made it out of the mint, being relatively easy to spot.  This coin not only left the mint having passed quality control but then entered general circulation, passing as currency for a good number of years judging by the wear.  A unique coin and yet again, a tangible piece of British history!  £299