For sale is this rare 1696 King William III silver crown in good condition with planchet flaw. The obverse features the first framed bust with a curved breastplate of the king facing right, the reverse shows the royal arms for England, Scotland, France and Ireland with Ireland having the variant of the first harp. No coin collection would be complete without this 1696 silver crown.
1696 King William III Silver Crown Obverse:
First laureate and draped bust of King William III right, legend around.
Note: curved breastplate or drapery with hair curl below truncation
Lettering: GVLIELMVS · III · DEI · GRA ·
Translation: William the Third by the Grace of God
Engraver: James Roettier
1696 King William III Silver Crown Reverse:
Crowned cruciform shields around central Nassau lion, divided date above, legend around.
Note: first harp in left shield
Lettering: MAG BR·FRA· ET·HIB· REX·16 96·
Translation: King of Great Britain France and Ireland
Engraver: John Roettier
1696 King William III Silver Crown Edge:
Regnal year in Latin
Mint Made Error – Planchet Flaw
Mint error/planchet flaw coins can be the result of deterioration of the minting equipment, accidents or malfunctions during the minting process. With some coins this can add to the value as they are more unusual.