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Auction: 23151 - The St Helier Collection of English Gold Coins - Part II
Lot: 2003

NGC AU | William III (1694-1701), 'Fine-Work' Five-Guineas, 1701 DECIMO TERTIO, "Ornamental Sceptres" Type, second laureate head right, rev. crowned shields cruciform, ornamented sceptres in angles, + •+ DECVS • ET • TVTAMEN • ANNO • REGNI • DECIMO • TERTIO upwards on edge, 41.64g [642.60grns], 5h (MCE 172; Schneider II, 481; EGC 401; Holloway GH 62; Stratos -; King 139; Spink 3456), a small rim bruise by V of GVLIELMVS, adjustment marks to cheek and scant traces of graffito before bust, lightly wiped but residually brilliant, a handsomely bold very fine / almost extremely fine, in NGC 'St. Helier' QR holder, graded AU Details ~ Obverse Graffiti / Cleaned (Cert. #6767923-003)


Spink, by private treaty, 29 January 1966 - very fine, very rare - £650.0.0

The King corpus lists 256 examples for this date, with no itemised breakdown for the common 'plain' and rare 'ornamental' variety. Since, then there have been over 150 instances of this type appearing at global public auction, yet Holloway repeats the King catalogue count in his recent publication on the subject matter.

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