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Rare William III coins for sale - at Norwich location where they were minted in 1697

PUBLISHED: 14:48 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:48 11 February 2014

Two rare William III coins that are for sale at St Andrew's Hall's flea market.

Two rare William III coins that are for sale at St Andrew's Hall's flea market.


Two rare silver coins dating back to 1697 will come home to be sold in Norwich - at the place where they were minted more than 300 years ago.

The coins, a half-crown and sixpence, will be for sale on February 15 at the Fleamarket St Andrew’s Hall, where they were originally minted during the reign of William III.

A letter ‘N’ below the bust denotes that the coins were struck in Norwich.

Gary Brown, a specialist coin and medal dealer and owner of the coins, said: “It is very pleasing to be able to ‘bring them home’ as it were.”

He added: “In 1696 a great re-coinage took place to replace the worn hammered coinage, and branch mints were established in Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Norwich and York to help with the re-coinage.

“This was partly paid for by the first incarnation of the dreaded ‘window tax’. The Mint was within the halls of the cloisters - part of the St Andrew’s complex, marked by a plaque on the wall.”

Mr Brown, who acquired the coins at an auction around two years ago, has given an asking price of £85 for the sixpence and £170 for the half-crown.

Helen Leith, owner of the flea market, said: “I would have thought they would be very popular with the public.

“Coins are a specialist area and we do get a lot of coin collectors and dealers come to fair and head straight for Gary’s table.”

The coins will be available for sale from 8.30-9.30am in St. Andrew’s Hall. For more information visit or call Helen on 01603 630763.

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