Great Britain 1811 1 shilling 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24898
Great Britain 1811 18 pence rev H3026-24898.jpg

This specimen was lot 24898 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III Proof 18 Pence 1811, Laureate Bust in Armor, PR63 Cameo NGC, a choice example exhibiting bright reflective mirrors, bold details, and light silvery grayish gold iridescent toning. In its day, this was not called 18 Pence but rather "one and six." Very rare in proof state." The 1790's and early 1800's saw one of the recurring shortages of coin in England as she engaged in her titanic struggle with Napoleon. The Bank of England attempted to alleviate this by countermarking Spanish colonial pesos with a punch bearing the head of George III. When this countermark was enthusiastically counterfeited, the bank resorted to counterstamping the entire coin. This token, issued 1811-12, was probably struck on new blanks.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, .925 fine.

Catalog reference: S-3771, KM-Tn2.


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