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WAu-5714: 1810 George III Gold Third Guinea. Second bust (short hair). No mount marks and EF grade. Spink price is £550 (2013). £459
WG-5731: 1820 George III Silver
Crown – Birthing Token. Hand
engraved, “ANN WILLIAMS. THE GIFT OF MY GRANDMOTHER.
MAR 30th 1832”. It was
the tradition at this period in time to bestow a gift of silver in the form of
a coin upon a newly born child. There is
a rather interesting display on such things in the
WG-6380: 1787 George III Silver Shilling – Unusual Variety. This shilling is famous for two reasons: 1. It was the only generally circulated shilling between the years 1758 (George II) and 1816. 2. It would have been the “King’s Shilling” received by sailors when they signed up to join the Royal Navy. This one is most unusual in that the R of REX is a modified P (see image here). Lovely grade. These coins are now regularly seen at just over the £100 mark. £85
WG-6405: 1787 George III Silver Sixpence. The only sixpence struck in a period between 1758 (George II) and 1816. Spink 3748 (no hearts). Nice grade with some toning. £65
WG-5959: 1774 George III High Grade Copper Halfpenny – Smugglers’ Box Containing x3 EF Grade 1776 Silver Pennies. See extra images here and here and here. Cleverly and skilfully constructed to form a screw-thread Smugglers’ Box containing two halves, one of which is recessed three times to hold three 1776 silver pennies in very high grade. The pennies alone are worth over £100 each. Sold with the pennies. I really like this. See the copper section below.
WG-6025: 1779 George III Silver Penny. ESC 2358. £59
WG-6026: 1781 George III Silver Penny. ESC 2360. £65
Twopences (including “Smugglers’ Boxes!!)
WG-5788: 1797 George III Cartwheel Twopence – Smuggler’s Box. A box of style and quality with the edge being silver. Extra image here. There is a small recess on the side to insert your nail in order to open the box. The box opens and snaps shut perfectly. This is by far the best example I’ve ever seen. £245
WG-6045: 1797 George III Cartwheel Twopence – Smuggler’s Box. I have seen a few of these over the years but never one with this mechanism. Extra image here. £195
WG-6086: 1797 George III Cartwheel Twopence – Smuggler’s Box. A box of style and quality with the edge being worked in order to get purchase when twisted open or closed. This is the first time I’ve seen this finishing touch. Extra image here. The box opens and closes perfectly. A very nice example indeed. £195
Pennies (including “Smugglers’ Boxes!!)
WG-5876: 1797 George III Cartwheel Penny – Smuggler’s Box. Skilfully done. Extra image here. I once saw a Cartwheel Twopence in a collection. Inside was a 1797 penny, halfpenny and farthing, all boxes, rather like a Russian doll! A very tactile piece. Sold with an old auction entry. £195
WU-6353: 1788 Barbadoes
Copper Penny. George III Colonial
copper currency. See
Halfpennies (including “Smugglers’ Boxes!!)
WG-5959: 1774 George III High Grade Copper Halfpenny – Smugglers’ Box Containing x3 EF Grade 1776 Silver Pennies. See extra images here and here and here. Cleverly and skilfully constructed to form a screw-thread Smugglers’ Box containing two halves, one of which is recessed three times to hold three 1776 silver pennies in very high grade. The pennies alone are worth over £100 each. Sold with the pennies. I really like this. £425
WG-5729: 1790’s George III Copper Halfpenny “Evasion” – Alfred The Great. Obverse depicting a representation of Alfred the Great; reverse with a variation on the usual Britannia but seeming to include aspects of the Irish halfpenny reverse (harp), presumably to cover all bases. Atkins 2. These pieces are many in variety and are all unofficial. Counterfeiting was rife during the last years of the eighteenth century as the last Royal Mint small change issue was 1775. Most of the coppers in circulation at that time were counterfeits – genuine coins at 10g or more melted down for their copper, mixed with cheaper metals and then made into fresh, underweight coins (as little as 4g) using crude, home-made dies. You could get four or more counterfeit coppers out of one genuine copper so the financial benefits were obvious. However, this practise was very much against the law. Enterprising counterfeiters circumnavigated the law by doing exactly as they had been doing but instead of reproducing the official dies, they changed them to basically fantasy dies. The general public were on the whole illiterate (especially the class of people who would handle such denominations) so they wouldn’t notice and the government could not prosecute the counterfeiters (should they ever catch them) because they were not imitating the official, Regal coinage. The counterfeiters had one more trick up their sleeve in order to dupe the public and that was to artificially age these coppers. Don’t forget that there had been no fresh official coppers released from the mint in over 20 years so all official coinage would be worn, dark and grimy. The counterfeiters made their coins look equally as poor by employing a variety of methods including filing them down, boiling them in oil, making dies that had much wear built into them and even putting them in stables for a few months where the horse shoes would scratch / flatten and the horse dung and urine would corrode the coins. This coin is an exceptional example, seemingly having bypassed the final “aging” stage in the process. See Contemporary Counterfeit (Georgian) section.
WG-5049: 1806 George III Copper Halfpenny. Attractive coin. £16
WG-5960: 1806 George III Copper
Halfpenny – USA (New York) Interest.
A well used (and travelled?) George III copper halfpenny with a crude
hand engraved inscription reading, “MY HOME NEW YORK WILL ALWAYS BE”. In addition, the owner has added an unusual
contrasting brass loop in order for this to be worn as a pendant. Could this have been in the pocket of one of
the early English people migrating to the
WG-4980: 1807 George III Copper Halfpenny. Better date, high grade, attractive colour. £25
WU-4135: 1773 American Virginia Cent. Nice grade, pre Independence American copper
WU-5431: 1787 Connecticut
Colonial Copper Halfpenny. Horned bust variety, plain edge. See
WU-4420: 1781 North America Copper Ship
token after Confederation. Struck in
WU-5158: 1783 George Washington
Draped Bust Piece. Plain edge, no button type.
WU-4352: 1793 George Washington Ship
Halfpenny. Trade “Condor” issue. Dalton & Hamer 1051. Very nice grade for type.
WG-5801: 1761 George III Silver
Marriage Medal. Commemorating
the king marrying
WG-5303: Large 1809 George III Jubilee Medal with Gilt Surround. King left. White metal (some lead alloy) commemorating the King’s 60th year on the thrown. £85
WG-5304: Large 1809 George III Jubilee Medal with Gilt Surround. King right. White metal (some lead alloy) commemorating the King’s 60th year on the thrown. £85