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Shilling of William III

The early milled shilling featured here was found by Geoffrey John Bramble, who asked for it to be identified.

The shilling is a coin of William III, which has the first bust of the king on the obverse. There is a letter C below the bust so it was struck at Chester during the Great Recoinage, when the old hammered currency could be exchanged for coins freshly struck by machinery.On the reverse , either side of the English shield, is the date: 16 97.


Detectorists have unearthed a very large number of William III shillings but most of them that surface are very worn through many years of circulation. This coin is a much better specimen and would grade good Fine for the issue. In its present condition it shouldn’t be worth any less than £120 to a collector.

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