William III 1695 gold guinea

By The Royal Mint


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King William III (1694-1702) - During the reign of King William the 'Bank of England' was founded, and there was a re-coinage on the early silver hammered  denominations. Mints were established in Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Norwich and York to help with the re-coinage. The 1695 guinea was the first year of the Kings coinage, and this particular example bears the first bust on the obverse. Whilst on the reverse the crowned cruciform shields, and sceptres in angles with large and small lis in French arms is struck making this a unique variety. The coin itself has a certain eye appeal that doesn't really come across by scan, but believe me you will not be disappointed!


weight 8.4g

diameter 26-27mm

gold content 22ct

grade obverse good fine, reverse very fine - overall near very fine