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Gold

 

WAu-5714:  1810 George III Gold Third Guinea.  Second bust (short hair).  No mount marks and EF grade.  Spink price is £550 (2013).  £459

 

 

 

Silver

 

Crowns

 

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 Victoria & Albert Museum, London.  With an exact date and a name, this should prove relatively easy to research.  Sold with an old auction write-up.  See Love Tokens in the Medals section.

 

 

 

Shillings

 

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

 

 

 

Sixpences

 

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

 

 

 

Maundy

 

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

 

 

 

Copper etc

 

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 USA section.

 

 

 

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 US?  See Love Tokens in the Medals section.

 

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 coin.  See USA section.

 

WU-5431:  1787 Connecticut Colonial Copper Halfpenny.  Horned bust variety, plain edge.  See USA section.

 

WU-4420:  1781 North America Copper Ship Token.  Private token after Confederation.  Struck in Ireland (Dublin) for use in the new USA close to the Canadian border.  See USA section.

 

WU-5158:  1783 George Washington Draped Bust Piece.  Plain edge, no button type.  See USA section.

 

WU-4352:  1793 George Washington Ship Halfpenny.  Trade “Condor” issue.  Dalton & Hamer 1051.  Very nice grade for type.  Rare.  See USA section.

 

 

 

 

“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