Great Britain 1674 2 pence

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Heritage sale 3073, part of lot 32938
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 32938 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), which sold for $528. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles II 4-Piece Uncertified Maundy Set 1674, 1) Penny - Choice UNC, KM 432; 2) 2 Pence - AU (cleaned), KM 429; 3) 3 Pence - AU (cleaned), KM 433; 4) 4 Pence - UNC, KM 434; KM-MDS7. A pleasant collection of high grade representatives, with the Penny and 4 Pence standing as the clear stars of the set. Sold as is, no returns. From the Engelen Collection of World Coinage." All the dated silver tuppence of Charles II are of this type, which is common. The silver tuppence was struck thru the eighteenth century but became less and less useful until finally superseded by Boulton and Watt's copper "cartwheel" tuppence of the 1790's. Silver tuppence are still struck for the Maundy sets.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.00 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 429.


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  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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