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George III 1765 Threepence, 5 struck over 3, rarest date

George III (1760-1820), silver Threepence, 1765, with 5 struck over 3, young laureate head right, legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS. III. DEI. GRATIA., rev. crowned 3, date either side of crown, .MAG. BRI. FR. ET. HIB. REX., weight 1.46g (Bull 2258 R5; ESC 2035A; Robinson 248; S.3756). Toned with flan lamination at one part of reverse rim, otherwise extremely fine with underlying brilliance, very rare.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George the Third by the Grace of God" continuing on the reverse in abbreviated Latin "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland."

Brian Robinson writing in "Silver Pennies and Linen Towels" in the notes to his tabulation 29 on page 160 of the George III maundy coins that indeed the maundy coins of 1765 are the rarest. He repeats the information from table 10 in this book that on the 27th March 1765 that 808 Twopences, 537 Threepences and 310 Fourpence coins presumably of the 1765 date were delivered to the Mint Office.

Provenance:

Ex Kurt R. Krueger of Iola, Wisconsin, ANA Auction 1984, 28th July 1984, lot 3485 part.

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