Great Britain 1746 3 pence
This specimen was part of lot 4084 in Goldberg sale 80 (Los Angeles, June 2014), which sold for $3,172.50. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Maundy Set, 1746. George II. Young laureate bust left. An exceptionally choice set of Maundy coins struck in the same year as the 1746 Proof set (Crown, Halfcrown, Shilling and Sixpence). These are not Proof coins, but the set does appear to be superior to others of this reign. The group has exqui[s]itely sharp detail, and has been carefully made to a superior standard. Lot of 4 coins. NGC graded 2, 3 and 4 Pence MS-66, 1 Pence NGC graded MS 67." This type is listed for 1726-46 and 1760 and is fairly common in worn condition tho the Maundy issue shown here is scarce. The mint did not produce near enough small change for the industrial boom of the eighteenth century, leading to a proliferation of private tokens. The situation would not be rectified until the reform of 1817.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.505 g, .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: S.3716; ESC-2410, KM 569.
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