Great Britain 1820 3 pence

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This silver three pence or "thrup'ny bit" was struck during the last year of the reign of George III, king of Britain 1760-1820. By this time, George III was senile and insane and under the regency of his son, later George IV. The previous three pence was last struck in 1800. The type was struck 1817-20 for circulation and the Maundy sets. The type is not easy to find.

Recorded mintage: 1,320 struck for Maundy sets plus an unknown number struck for circulation.

Specification: 1.41 g, .925 fine silver, .042 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 670.


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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.
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  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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