Coin - Farthing, William & Mary, Great Britain, 1688 - 1694 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 604

Copper coin: Denomination: Farthing
King William III and Queen Mary II (1688-1694)

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 farthing is a 1/4 penny.

This piece is worn suggesting circulation however it is not an official farthing, it may have been a trial piece. Peck believes such pieces are medalets but lists them as 'Uncertain Pieces'.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.261 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: WORN

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Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
DateEra: 1688 - 1694 AD
Denomination: Farthing
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of William right; around, GVLIELMVS [DEI GR]A
Reverse Description: Bust of Mary facing left; around, MARIA II DEI GRA.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: King William III, England, Great Britain, 1688 - 1694
Issued By: Queen Mary II, England, Great Britain, 1688 - 1694
  1. [Book], C. Peck - British Museum Coins and Medals, English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum, London, 1970, p.165 no.636 but 22 mm Pages

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