Great Britain 1772 3 pence
This specimen was lot 2162 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $76.37. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. 3 Pence, 1772 NGC MS62. George III. Large lettering and three variety. Haymarks, lightly toned and lustrous. NGC graded MS-62." This type is listed for 1762-72 and 1780-86. Many were included in the Maundy sets and thereby saved. 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 but not rare.
Specification: 1.50 g, .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: S.3753; ESC-2039, KM 591.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 93: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.