Summary

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'.

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

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