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William III sixpence

This is number nine from a batch of eleven that came in from Jamie New. It’s a William III sixpence, examples of which are frequently found by detectorists. Most have been bent into an S-shape for use as love tokens but this specimen is flat.

The coin is dated 1696 on the reverse and has no letter below the bust on the obverse, so it was struck at the mint in London. Coins like this replaced the hammered currency still in circulation. Strangely, even when they were badly clipped the old hammered coins could be exchanged for freshly struck coins of the sane denomination. This eventually cost the government about £2.5 million


Jamie’s find would grade Fair to Fine in terms of circulation wear but it has scratches on the obverse and the reverse is partly weak. It’s a fairly common coin so in its present condition it would be worth no more than £12 – £15.

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