This is one of the oldest pieces of coin jewellery we think we've ever found. Dating to William III's reign, the coin is marked for 1696. In fact, upon research this partciular style of British shilling was only made between 1696 and 1698!
We'd love to know the story behind why it was turned from a once usable coin into a pendant/love token but sadly we'll never know. Perhaps it was gifted between two lovers when they had to part, or was a special birthday gift.
The coin has been left as is to both sides nd has been drilled with a hole so a jump ring could be added.
The coin is made of sterling silver (unmarked) and measures approx 26mm in diameter (approx 29.3mm tall including the jump ring at the top) and weighs approx 6g.
Condition - The coin is in good antique condition for a piece that's 327 years old but it does show signs of age and wear, including some surface wear, smooting and patina to the silver. The jump ring is currently pushed closed. Please see photos.
*Please note the box and chain pictured are not included in the sale but the pendant will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch.*
Antique 1696 William III British silver love token shilling coin pendant
All items are carefully wrapped and packaged in a gift pouch. In the UK, we always post items via Royal Mail's Special Delivery service which is fully tracked and insured. Items sent outside of the UK are sent via Royal Mail's International signed for service, which offers insurance for up to £250 and tracking.