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William & Mary - Different styles of Crowns used on the TWOPENCE
1st issue Crown Transition from 1st to 2nd Crown
2nd issue Crown 3rd issue Crown
For TWOPENCE issue only 1689 - 1694
1689 - 1692: The 1st issue Crown: Medium size Crown
Seen on 1689, 1691 and 1692
Note that orb at the top of the Crown is large and circular and the Cross is fairly plain.
Below that the lower part of the Crown shows three crosses in the centre and part
crosses on both sides.
Below that is a thin and thicker plain band.
The interior of the Crown has a curved line starting for the left edge curving upwards
and finishing approximately 3 quarters of the way round.
1692 -1693: Transition from 1st to 2nd Crown by punching the larger Crown over the smaller.
Seen on 1892 and 1693 over 2.
Note the smaller orb and the cross above appears to have the 3 arms as inverted wedges.
Below that the lower part of the Crown shows a central cross with Fleur de Lis on either side.
The part crosses at both end have far more prominent tops.
Part of the crosses from the smaller Crown can be seen if one looks carefully.
Below that is a very thin plain band beneath which is a wider band with pearls and oval jewels.
The interior of the Crown one can plainly see the lower part of the 1st issue Crown,
to the right side there is a small gap which is the interior of the larger Crown.
1693: 2nd issue Crown - Large Crown
Seen on 1693 over 2, 1693 (no over date) and 1694 over 3.
The only difference I can note is that the dome of the Crown is higher as the Fleur de Lis
are further from the top and that there appears to be the faint lines of a caul on both sides.
The lower part, where the smaller Crown was visible appears to have remained !
1694: 3rd issue Crown - The Crown is smaller and more compacted.
Seen only on 1694 (no over date).
The cross on the orb appears to be plain again and the orb is lumpy and oblong.
Below that it is hard to tell what is either side of the central cross - crosses or Fleur de Lis ?
Beneath that is a simple band with pearls and oval jewels.
The interior has a slightly curved line that would show the back of the band on the other side
of the Crown.
1692 (1st issue Crown) 1692 (Transition Crown, 1st to 2nd)
Also noted by my colleague, David Seaman (A Maundy specialist - especially William & Mary Maundy coins)
that the legend on the reverse of the 1st issue Crown has equal size lettering for the legend whilst on the transition Crown coins both the G's in MAG & REGINA have larger G's. (June 2008)