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'.
Laureate bust of William right; around, GVLIELMVS [DEI GR]A
Bust of Mary facing left; around, MARIA II DEI GRA.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
1688 - 1694 AD
Type of item
5.261 g (Weight)
[Book] Peck, C. W. 1970. English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum., p.165 no.636 but 22 mm Pages