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Silver Ormonde 3 Pence Pellet bet C R, massive D/III

Summary
ID Number: 5512
Category: Irish Hammered Coins
Catalogue Number: S.6549; DF 308 w extra rev pellet
Grade: Very Fine
Weight: 1.24 g., 16 mm.
Date: 1643 - 1644
Denomination: Silver 3 Pence
Pedigree: ex Kunker 8 Mar 2010 L.479
Ruler: Charles I, 1625 - 1649
Price: $2000.
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.6549; DF 308, Ormonde 3 Pence, 1.24 g., 16 mm. Obv. Crown above C and R, for Charles Rex, a medium line circle around, the top of the cross and the base of the C touching, w the trailing tail of the R breaking the circle, a single pronounced pellet dividing the C and R.

Rx. A massive D atop a large Roman III, w a medium line circle around, the top of the D touching the circle.  A single possible pellet bet the 2nd and 3rd I in III. An outer toothed circle is complete on the obv but broken on the rev, w the line circle, because of the rev being off center.

The Spink Catalogue is a bit abbreviated for the Irish Ormonde series.  Anthony Dowle and Patrick Finn's The Guide Book to the Coinage of Ireland, 1969, lists 4 varieties for the Ormonde 3 pence, the requisite weight being 22 grains...

DF 306 C.R. rev D/III small letters
DF 307 triangular pellet in lieu round pellet bet the C and R, D/III small letters
DF 308 C.R rev D/III large letters
DF 309 C.R rev small D/large III

The present piece is most similar to DF 308, as it has an obv pellet, and massive rev letters, w an extra rev pellet bet the 2nd and 3rd I.

The silver Ormonde 3 Pence is almost as rare as the Ormonde 2 Pence.  Sales of nice coins are infrequent.

Very Fine.  Piece shows light wear, but lots of detail, including the jewels in the band of the crown.  Surface details still show thru the striking of the flattened sterling plate, not quite cut round. Old gray tone.  $2000.

ex Kunker 8 Mar 2010 L.479 w envelope
Photos
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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