Coin (Obverse), 40 shilling piece, from reign of William II

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Coin (Obverse), 40 shilling piece, from reign of William II

This is the obverse of a silver 40 shilling piece minted in Edinburgh in 1697, during the reign of William II.

The obverse bears a portrait of the king. Beneath is a '40', indicating the coin's value. The Latin inscription translates as: 'William, by the Grace of God '.

After his wife Mary's death in 1694, William became sole ruler of England and Scotland. Coinage continued to be struck for William alone in the same denominations as it had been for William and Mary.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-676-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C568
Date: 1697
Material: Silver; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. GVLIELMVS . DEI . GRATIA .; bust to left; 40 below bust / Rev. MAG . BRIT . FRA . ET . HIB . REX . 1697 .; crowned shield of arms / Around rim. *PROTEGIT . ET . ORNAT* .. ANNO . REGNI . NONO .. (*s are small stars)
Dimensions: 34.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin, 40 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Brand Collection
Sinkler Collection (25 Feb 1960 Glendining Sale, Lot 778)
William II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: William II silver 40-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1697
  • 'Currency' [multimedia CD-ROM] Edinburgh: NMS, 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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