1689 Half Crown – William and Mary


The 1689 Half Crown - William and Mary

Silver half-crown of William and Mary dated 1689 and on edge as PRIMO.

This coin is the 'first' Reverse. There is a second reverse with different quarter elements. Altogether there are at least sixteen variations of this coin, although the prices are fairly similar. SCBC: 3434

The Obverse shows the conjoined portrait of William and Mary. On the coin they use their latin names of Gulielmus et Maria.

Image Credit: The Royal Mint.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1689 ?
The joint Monarchs are William III and Mary II (from 13 February). Following the Glorious Revolution, Parliament decided that James II had vacated the throne. This leads to a few Jacobite rising from his supporters. The Bill of Rights 1689 comes into force (based on the work of John Locke) which includes basic civil rights and clarifies who would next inherit the Crown. Plenty of unrest in England, Europe and North America. Boston Revolt. Peter the Great rules Russia.
William and Mary (1689-1694)
William and Mary ruled jointly as King and Queen. Their actual titles are King William III and Queen Mary II of England.

William III, also widely known as William of Orange, was sovereign Prince of Orange from birth. He was born in Binnenhof, South Holland, Netherlands.

Mary II (30 April 1662 – 28 December 1694) was Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland. She was born at St James's Palace, London and was the eldest daughter of the Duke of York (the future King James II & VII), and his first wife, Anne Hyde.

Mary co-reigned with her husband, King William III, from 1689 until her death (When William continued as sole ruler).

The regnal years for William and Mary coins were:
1691:TERTIO; 1692:QVARTO; 1693:QVINTO (one extant); 1694:SEXTO.

On coins, their latin names of Gulielmus et Maria are usually used.
General Description: Half-Crowns
The half crown was a British coin which was valued at "2/6" (two shilling and sixpence) – 12½ pence in modern currency. It was literally half the value of the Crown.

Half crowns were first issued around 1549 in gold or silver. It was then issued by the majority of Monarchs (plus Oliver Cromwell) all the way through to Elizabeth II. The last standard mintage was in 1967 and the coin was officially demonetised in 1970, one year before full decimalisation. A proof half crown was released in 1970.

The halfcrown was a large coin, from 1816 to it’s final minting having a diameter of 32mm and weight of 14.1g. In pre-decimalised Britain when the Crown was essentially a commemorative coin, the half crown was the largest denomination coin in circulation and had considerable spending power.

Before 1920, half crowns were actual sterling (92.5%) silver. This was reduced to 50% silver and in 1947 no silver at all was used and cupro-nickel became standard.

Half crowns are beautiful coins to collect and due to their long history they are very popular. As pre-1920 coins are 92.5% silver even worn copies will have the intrinsic price of the metal but they are still very affordable to most people.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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1689 Silver HALF CROWN Coin King William & Mary (1688-1694) 14.84 grams
1689 Silver HALF CROWN Coin King William & Mary (1688-1694) 14.84 grams
£ 219.99
1689 WILLIAM & MARY GB SILVER HALF CROWN COIN (299)
1689 WILLIAM & MARY GB SILVER HALF CROWN COIN (299)
£ 325.00
Restrike James II Nov 1689
Restrike James II Nov 1689 'XXX' Irish Gun Money Copper Halfcrown
£ 3.59
1689 WILLIAM & MARY SILVER HALF CROWN - Nice Grade Coin
1689 WILLIAM & MARY SILVER HALF CROWN - Nice Grade Coin
£ 389.00
1689 WILLIAM & MARY SILVER HALF CROWN - 2nd Shield, No Frosting, Pearls - CASED
1689 WILLIAM & MARY SILVER HALF CROWN - 2nd Shield, No Frosting, Pearls - CASED
£ 210.00
1689 silver half crown coin William and Mary #162
1689 silver half crown coin William and Mary #162
£ 175.00
1689 William and Mary Silver Half Crown L OVER M Error ESC 503A Rare
1689 William and Mary Silver Half Crown L OVER M Error ESC 503A Rare
£ 403.75
1689 William & Mary Silver Halfcrown Coin
1689 William & Mary Silver Halfcrown Coin
£ 84.55

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