Coin - Halfcrown, William & Mary, Great Britain, 1689 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 596

Silver coin; Denomination: Halfcrown
Tower Mint, London
William and Mary (1688-1694)

Second crowned shield, caul frosted, interior plain, pearls

Mary was the daughter of James II. For reasons of politics she had married William of Orange, James II nephew and left England to live with him in the Netherlands. When James II lost support, William was invited to invade England and to take over the throne jointly with his wife. James II escaped to France and live there in exile until his death.

A halfcrown is a 2 shilling and 6 pence coin (30 pence)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.851 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: England
DateEra: 1689 AD
Denomination: Halfcrown
Obverse Description: The laureate conjoined busts of William and Mary facing right; around, GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRATIA.
Reverse Description: The second type crowned Royal shield (first and fourth quarters quartered with the arms of England and France), caul frosted, interior plain, pearls; around, MAG BR FR ET HIB REX ET REGINA; the crown divides the date 1789
Edge Description: The raised legend, + DECVS ET TVTAMEN ANNO REGNI PRIMO
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King William III, England, Great Britain
Issued By: Queen Mary II
Mint: Royal Mint, London
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, p.345, no.3435 Pages


Martin Hicks Posted on 21 Jul 2014 5:58 PM
Reverse description: "The crown divides the date 1789" !
Surely this should read 1689 ??

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