James II (1685-88), Crown, 1688, second laureate and draped bust left, toothed borders both sides, legend surrounds IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA. Rev, crowned cruciform shields, garter star at centre, date flanking top crown, seven strings to Irish harp, reads MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX, edge inscribed +DECVS ET TVTAMEN ANNO REGNI QVARTO (S.3407; ESC.80; Bull 746).
An extremely well struck up example, faint haymarking both sides. Portrait, hair striations and the ribbon tie all well embossed into the body of the coin. Small pin prick mark in cheek. Adjustment marks in the segment of hair directly above forehead corresponding to a lesser degree on the same section of reverse, well known motifs for the series. A couple of annealing flaws one to the left of I in IACOBVS, one below the 16 of the date, not to be mistaken for the haymarking. Probably as struck for this weak issue, beautifully toned, much eye appeal.