Coin (obverse), 12 pound piece from reign of William II (III of England)

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), 12 pound piece from reign of William II (III of England).
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Coin (obverse), 12 pound piece from reign of William II (III of England)

This is the obverse of a gold 12 pound piece from the reign of William II (III of England). Also known as a 'pistole', it is one of the last Scottish gold coins to be minted.

The obverse depicts a bust of the king surrounded by the Latin inscription which translates as, 'William by the grace of God'. Underneath the King's head is a small sun rising from the sea - the crest of the Darien Company.

This coin was struck from gold dust brought back from Africa by the Darien Company's ship 'The African Merchant'.

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Online ID: 000-100-054-547-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C4095
Date: 1701
Material: Gold; slight scratching near edge on both sides; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. GVLIELMVS DEI . GRATIA .; head to left; below, sun rising above sea / Rev. MAG . BRIT . FRA . ET . HIB . REX . 1701 .; crowned shield between crowned W + R
Dimensions: 24.00 x 23.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin, 12 pound piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: William II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: William II gold 12-pound piece, Edinburgh, 1701
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