1696 silver sixpence of William III, York mint (J), first bust, large crowns, first harp

Monetary Crisis (1690’s) & William III’s Great Re-coinage of 1696

The Great Re-coinage of 1696 was an attempt by the English Government under King William III to finally replace the hammered silver that made up most of the coinage in circulation, much of it being clipped and badly worn. This was something that Charles II and James II needed to do but both had failed…