Great Britain 1763 4 pence
This specimen was part of lot 23049 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $360. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Maundy Set, 1763. George III (1760-1820). 4 pieces in set. A nice group with matched blue-gray color. Clearly a set that sat together undisturbed for a prolonged period of time and as such quite attractive and desirable. PCGS AU-58 (1), MS-61 (1), & AU-55 (2) Secure Holders." This type was struck intermittently 1763-66, 1770-72, 1776, 1780-86. Enough were saved that it is today not rare. Unlike the silver penny and tuppence, the groat survived as a circulating coin until the reign of queen Victoria but it was gradually superseded by the sixpence.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 2.01 g, .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: S-3762 (set); KM-MDS53 (set), KM 596.1, S-3750.
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- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.