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DG08219

George III Bank Token with puffin countermark, attributed to Ireland

Ireland, George III (1760-1820), "Puffin head" countermark on reverse of silver Bank Token of Three Shillings, 1813, laureate head right, legend GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX, rev. puffin head countermark supine above four line inscription, BANK / TOKEN / 3 SHILL. / 1813, all within wreath of oak and laurel, weight 14.61g (Brunk 55070). A few nicks, countermark very clear, toned very fine and extremely rare, only the second the cataloguer has ever handled in near three decades of dealing.

Gregory G Brunk's "Merchant Counter-Marks on World Coins" lists the puffin head style countermark under the Symbols section of the book, as being related to Ireland, and that they are usually found on worn smaller silver coins. This cataloguer has bought and sold one of these before, which was also on a Bank Token of Three Shillings, possibly even the same piece, some 20 years ago.

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