Martinique (1761-64) 2 bits

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30938
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The French Overseas Department of Martinique was colonized by the French, and annexed in 1635. It was occupied briefly by the British several times during the Napoleonic wars. It remains a French dependency to the present day. This specimen was lot 30938 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description[1] noted, "British Colony. George III Type II countermarked Quarter Dollar or 2 Bits ND (1761-64) VG Details (Scratches) NGC, Heart-shaped cut out from a 1724 S-J Spain 2 Reales. Historically cataloged under Martinique, it is now believed that these pieces were actually cut in Gibraltar and then possibly exported to the Caribbean for use in Martinique or Dominica. A very rare and charming specimen." This coin has been variously attributed to Gibraltar, Dominica and Martinique; we follow the SCWC in assigning it to Martinique.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: The host coin was 6.77 g, .931 fine silver before it was punched.

Catalog reference: KM 3 (Martinique), Pr-3 (Martinique).


  • Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975.
  • Pridmore, F., The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations to the end of the Reign of George VI 1952: Part 3, Bermuda, British Guiana, British Honduras and the British West Indies, London: Spink & Son, 1965.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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