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Silver Ormonde 2 Pence large letters faint pellet each side

ID Number: 5511
Category: Irish Hammered Coins
Catalogue Number: S.6550; DF 310-311
Grade: Fine
Weight: 0.93 g., 14 mm.
Date: 1643 - 1644
Denomination: Silver 2 Pence or Half Groat
Pedigree: ex Spink Circular 1982; ex G. Hearn
Ruler: Charles I, 1625 - 1649
Price: $2500.
Additional Details
Charles I, 1625 - 1649, The Great Rebellion coinage of the Lords of Justice, Issue of James Butler Marquis, Duke of Ormonde, issued 1643 - 1644.

S.6550; DF 310-311, Ormonde 2 Pence or Half groat, 0.93 g., 14 mm. Obv. Crown above C and R, for Charles Rex, top of cross just touches inner fine line circle. R and C crude.  C w bold top font. Bottom of C just clear of line circle.  Tail of R worn smooth. There is a middle obverse pellet, distinctive but faint, bet the C and R.

Rx. Tall Roman II, 5.0 mm. high, bottom corners of II just touch the inner fine line circle.  The well formed D just clear of the line circle in the space above the II.  The central pellet within the II is quite faint.  For both sides, the outer toothed border around and the inner fine line circle is incomplete due to wear and striking.

Anthony Dowle and Patrick Finn's The Guide Book to the Coinage of Ireland, 1969, lists 3 varieties for the Ormonde 2 pence, the requisite being 14 grains...

DF 310 C.R w Rev D and I.I large letters, single pellet on each side
DF 311 CR w Rev D and II large letters, no pellet on either side
DF 312 C.R and Rev as DF 311 pellet on obv, no pellet on rev, large II, and small D

The present piece seems to be DF 310, as it has a faint pellet on both sides, the pellet within the II being quite faint, w the D large and the II being large 5.0 mm. high.

However, if one were to call the "faint" and "quite faint" pellets simply non existent pellets, the large size D and large 5.0 mm Roman II would make this piece DF 311.

The silver 2 Pence is the rarest of the Duke of Ormonde denominations, followed closely by the 3 pence.  The most common is the 4 pence or groat.

Fine.  Piece shows wear mostly on the right side of the obverse, w some light scoring under a glass.  Old gray tone on good full weight sterling silver plate cut around.   $2500.

ex Spink Circular 1982; ex G. Hearn; ex Chris Denton Oct 2013 Dublin Coin Fair
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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