1687 James II Crown PCGS MS63+


James II and VII (14 October 1633 – 16 September 1701) was King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII, from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. He was the last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland. The second surviving son of Charles I, he ascended the throne upon the death of his brother, Charles II. When he produced a Catholic heir, a son called James Francis Edward, leading nobles called on his Protestant son-in-law and nephew William III of Orange to land an invasion army from the Dutch Republic, which he did in  the  Glorious Revolution of 1688. James fled England (and thus was held to have abdicated). He was replaced by his eldest, Protestant daughter Mary II and her husband, William III.

Among the finest survivors extant of this popular 17th century crown, showcasing a gray and olive base of tone on both sides, with an array of attractive multicolored iridescence that caresses much of the raised design. Shimmering luster of unexpected  quality  for  a  coin of this period further enlivens the surfaces. Closer inspection reveals no grade-limiting marks, however some striking softness on James' hair, a characteristic which is common for the type, is observed. All considered, a coin that is easily worthy of inclusion in a elite set of crowns. Very Rare in this condition.

Additional Rarity: A George II Crown 1743 MS64+ sold at an auction on January 7, 2018 for $16,800.