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Silver

 

Sixpences

 

WCA-7070:  1787 George III Silver Sixpence.  High grade and attractive toning – so much so that my camera needed help.  Spink 3749.  It is hard to believe that this was the only main issue sixpence (shillings were the same) to be issued within virtually a 60 year period.  £69

 

 

 

Maundy

 

WG-6972:  1776 George III Silver Penny.  Spink 3759.  Beautifully toned, high grade and the key date for US collectors.  £125

 

WG-6025:  1779 George III Silver Penny.  ESC 2358.  £59

 

WG-6026:  1781 George III Silver Penny.  ESC 2360.  £65

 

 

 

Copper etc

 

Halfpennies

 

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.  £95

 

 

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 US?  £99 RESERVED (I.M.16-11-21)

 

WG-4980:  1807 George III Copper Halfpenny.  Better date, high grade, attractive colour.  £25

 

 

 

“Other”

 

WG-5801:  1761 George III Silver Marriage Medal.  Commemorating the king marrying Charlotte on the 8th September, 1761.  Charlotte was a 17 year old German who spoke no English.  Charlotte is recorded by several reliable commentators of the day as being “ugly”.  She bore the king 15 children.  Charlotte was a patroness of Botany (Kew Gardens) and the Fine Arts.  Interestingly, even though King George was desperately ill for many years with porphyria (he was blind, deaf, lame and insane), Charlotte died a year before her husband.  Another interesting fact you may not have known:  George III was the grandson of George II, not the son.  This medal, the designer of which remains a mystery, was only ever struck in silver, base and white metal.  £175

 

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