William III halfpenny of 1696 - draped bust type


at 400 dots / inch

 


Irish Coinage

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2002 - Copyright
John
_Stafford-Langan
Version 1.17a
23 June, 2010

 

This coin is an example of an Irish Halfpenny of William III of 1696 (the only year of issue).

The legends are clear with no blundering and read:
(obverse) GVLIELMVS III DEI GRA
(reverse) MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX
Which translates/expands as
(obverse) William III by the grace of God
(reverse) King of Great Britain, France and Ireland

This coin is a typical example of the draped bust type variety A (i.e. BR instead of BRI on the reverse legend)

The coin is in Good Fine (GF) condition. It has a significant old scratch on the obverse behind William's shoulder. Despite the low grade and the heavy scratch this is a nice example of this issue. Coins in this condition with a clear bust and reasonably strong legends are difficult to find and better examples are scarce. Coins in better than Very Fine (VF) are rare.

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