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Commemorative Medals

 

WCA-5522:  1689 William & Mary Large Coronation Medal.  Persius delivering Andromeda from a sea monster.  By George Bower in white metal.  £129

 

WCA-5425:  1689 William & Mary Very Large Silver Coronation Medal.  Designed by George Bower for the coronation.  There had been issues with James II so it was heavily promoted at the time that the coronation of William & Mary to the throne of England was a very positive step forward for the country.  A beautiful medal, at least in my opinion.  £475

 

WCA-5387:  1689 Large William & Mary “Act of Toleration” Medal.  An interesting medal that pretty much ignore the Queen and displays only William on the obverse.  Further, the medal commemorates the Act of Toleration which effectively gave the green light to all religious dissenters (and there were many) to come out into the open, free of reprisals, legal or otherwise.  I imagine it wasn’t quite as simple as that!  £239

 

WCA-5504:  1689 William & Mary Silver Medal.  Coronation medal commemorating the festivities in Rotterdam.  A well executed medal that has seen life in circulation although as it lies between a shilling and halfcrown, one wonders at what denomination it circulated as.  £165

 

 

 

Proofs

 

WCA-6397:  1694 William & Mary Silver Proof Farthing.  Plain edge.  Peck 623.  EF grade and simply stunning.  Choice.  £745 

 

WCA-5416:  1694 William & Mary Silver Proof Farthing.  Plain edge.  Heavier than usual and with some wear so was obviously in circulation as currency.  Contemporary planchets fault on reverse at 12 o’clock.  Unlisted in Peck.  £395

 

WCA-5481:  1694 William & Mary Copper Proof Halfpenny.  Over weight and larger planchet, en medaille die axis.  Usual die flaw on rim (described in Peck).  Good VF grade.  Peck 612 although the N’s are unusual and seemingly not rerecorded in Peck.  A lovely coin in very nice grade considering the soft nature of the copper used in this period.  £539

 

 

 

Patterns

 

WCA-5238:  William & Mary Pattern Farthing - Silver.  Circa 1689.  William one side, Mary the other.  Nice grade.  Part of an old collection.  £255

 

WCA-6494:  William & Mary Pattern Copper Halfpenny.  Circa 1689.  William one side, Mary the other – a marked difference to the standard conjoined busts coinage that we are all familiar with.  Listed in Peck (636).  Rare.  £245

 

 

 

Half Crowns

 

WCA-5980: 1689 William & Mary Silver Half Crown.  Rarer first reverse shield with no pearls.  Strong edge.  £255

 

WCA-5956: 1689 William & Mary Silver Half Crown – Momento Mori.  Hand engraved on the obverse, “S.S. 1802” and on the reverse, “S.S.” within a pair of funerary urns.  This, and several other engraved coins, would have been given out to relatives and guests of S.S. upon his or her funeral in 1802.  An interesting insight into the social practices of over 200 years ago.  £95

 

WCA-5871:  1693 William & Mary Silver Half Crown.  Inverted 6 for 9.  Rarer date.  £345

 

 

Sixpences

 

WCA-6578: 1693 William & Mary Silver Sixpence – high grade, ex Viola W&M collection.  Spink 3438.  Conjoined busts right; crowned cruciform shields.  Rare in this grade.  £795

 

 

Maundy

 

WCA-6352:  1689 William & Mary Silver Groat.  Conjoined busts, possible obverse I over E.  Spink 3440.  £95

 

WCA-5682:  1689 William & Mary Silver Threepence.  Unusual contemporary planchet fault on the reverse.  William & Mary odds are regularly priced around the £100 mark at coin fairs now.  £59

 

WCA-6532:  1689 William & Mary Silver Halfgroat.  Spink 3443.  Conjoined busts.  Nice grade.  £85

 

WCA-6533:  1690 William & Mary Silver Penny.  Spink 3445.  Conjoined busts.  William & Mary pennies, even if you take the 1689 penny out of the equation, are a hard denomination to source.  £109

 

WCA-5798:  1691 over 90 William & Mary Silver Groat.  Nice grade, clear over-date.  £95

 

WCA-5689:  1693 William & Mary Silver Twopence.  3 over 2 date – E.S.C. 2200A and listed Rare.  £85

 

WCA-5647:  1694 William & Mary Silver Twopence.  William & Mary Maundy pieces are uncommon in any grade these days.  £69

 

 

 

Tin

 

WCA-6559:  1692 William & Mary Tin Halfpenny.  A high grade 1692 tin halfpenny with the date as clear as you like in the exergue – Spink 3449.   Ex 1970’s Thames Ferryman Hoard.  These tin coins had an alarming rate of wear from circulation. The Ferryman’s hoard of W&M tin coins from the River Thames in the 1970’s was made up of 1690 through to 1692 tin coins. There were no copper 1694 coins leading to the conclusion that the purse was dropped into the Thames 1693 or earlier. Of the many coins, the 1690’s were all very worn, the 1691’s quite worn and the 1692’s being at least somewhat worn. The 1690’s coins could only have been in circulation for three years or so but they were all very worn. Even the coins that had been in circulation for only up to a year or so were worn. This illustrates just how hard it is to find high grade tin coinage. As well as wear, the tin coinage corrodes in air and the soil (tin was far too reactive a metal to be used for coinage) so high grade examples, invariably out of the Thames, are at a premium.  £700 VF, £2,750 EF (2018).  This coin is extremely solid & stable, with an excellent edge, and looks better in the hand than these indifferent images suggest.  £485

 

 

 

 

Copper

 

WCA-6003:  1694 William & Mary Copper Halfpenny – Rare Variety & Choice.  Easily VF for issue and probably better.  That grade in itself makes this single year issue for copper desirable.  It was a large issue but widely circulated over a great many years.  The tin halfpence and farthings were extremely short lived in both issue but more importantly life-span, which again put the burden on the coppers.  It is worth repeating: You hardly ever see VF or better W&M halfpennies.  This coin is the rare “1694  unbarred A’s in MARIA” variety (see image) which Spink rate at £525 in VF (2015 price guide).  £395