British, Irish and Scottish Coins (29 September 2010)

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Date of Auction: 29th September 2010

Sold for £5,200

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

William III (1694-1702), 1696, second bust variety, small crowns, ordinary harp, possibly a pattern or proof striking, 3.02g/6h (MCE 900; cf. ESC 1550; S 3537). About extremely fine and toned, of the highest rarity £4,000-6,000

Footnote

Provenance: bt Spink March 1993.

This exact bust, a more detailed version of the second type, is not shown in ESC. A coin in the British Museum, from the same die as the current specimen and described as ‘probably unique’, is however illustrated in MCE