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Auction: 19021 - The Dr. Erik Miller Collection Part I - Crowns
Lot: 27

James II (1685-1688), Crown, 1687 tertio, second laureate and draped bust left, rev. crowned shields cruciform, six strings to harp, angles plain, + • + • decvs • et • tvtamen • • anno • regni • tertio • on edge, 30.12g {464.8grns} (ESC 743 {78}; S.3407), some scattered and largely inconspicuous field marks, evidently the result of unsympathetic handling in antiquity, nevertheless attractively toned and particularly well-struck for type, extremely fine, rare thus

provenance
Whetmore, 14 July 1961, lot 73 - "extremely fine, toned and very rare in this condition" - £70.0.0 (Miller)
Potentially
Thorpe, 25 November 1921, lot 133 - "in mint condition and rare so" - £2.0.0 (Spink)




As previously noted, Thorpe coins present a particular problem within a provenance chain. No 1687 Crown was offered in the SNC fixed price lists for March and April 1952, which may suggest that such an example had already been sold. However the cataloguer, not wishing to assume provenance on the evidence of absence, cautiously suggests the aforementioned chain, accepting the further hindrance of a lack of plate illustration in the 1921 dispersal.

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Estimate
£3,000 to £4,000