Thorn 1765-S B 3 grosze

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 31320
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This specimen was lot 31320 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Thorn. Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski 3 Grosze 1765 S-B AU58 PCGS, Thorn mint, Obv. Crowned royal monogram SAR dividing the date 17-65. Rev. Angel over arms, with mintmaster's initials S-B. Essentially full, bright silvery mint luster, with no significant flaws. There is little, if any, actual wear, but the strike is soft in some areas that may give the appearance of circulation wear. A very scarce two-year type. This is the only example of this type certified by either PCGS, or NGC." This type is recorded for 1764-65. The mint in Thorn closed in 1765, so this must have been among the final issues. This piece seems to have been worth about one twenty-fourth of a thaler, tho debasements were so frequent that it's hard to tell.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: billon.

Catalog reference: Kopicki-8409, Parch-1247b, KM 64 (listed under Thorn).


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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