Martinique (1764) 2 bits

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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1305
Gibraltar c1764 2 bitts rev Ponterio 173-1305.jpg

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 1305 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GIBRALTAR. 2 Bitts, ND (ca. 1764). RARE. Type II, Central heart-shaped hole pierced from the obverse on a 1707 2 Reales (Pistareen) of Barcelona mint, Spain. Toned. Old collector’s ticket enclosed. NGC VF-20. Ex: Edward Roehrs Collection Part II, DNW Auction 96, November 17, 2011, Lot # 488; Baldwin Auction 28, October 9, 2001, Lot # 1388 (Part)." 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-230, KM-8 (Martinique); Prid-8 (Dominica).


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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