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Silver Ormonde 3 Pence w 4 obv pellets, large III, small D

Summary
ID Number: 5513
Category: Irish Hammered Coins
Catalogue Number: S.6549; DF 309 w 4 obv pellets
Grade: Near Very Fine
Weight: 1.41 g., 21 mm.
Date: 1643 - 1644
Denomination: Silver 3 Pence
Pedigree: ex DNW 18 Sep 2012 L.2873
Ruler: Charles I, 1625 - 1649
Price: $1200.
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, 1.41 g., 16 mm. Obv. Crown above C and R, for Charles Rex, the top of the cross well clear, the left globe of the crown clear, the rt globe touching, and the bottoms of the C and R both crossing the medium line circle around.  

Rx. A small petite D atop a large Roman III, w a medium line circle around, the top of the D well clear, all 4 corners of the large III touching, the medium circle around.   of circle. 

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, none w rev pellets, 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 309.  The rev die is identical to that photographed in DF, p. 61, only a grade better, having a large III, and a small petite D.  The obv die appears identical to that photographed in DF, only this obv has 4 pellets total, 1st in the left field, 2nd within the C, 3rd bet the C and R, which is expected, and 4th in the right field.

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

Near Very Fine.  Piece shows even light wear, the inner circle being complete on both sides, but the outer toothed circle complete but worn in a few spots.  Well centered and evenly struck on cut round and flattened good sterling plate. Even old gray tone.  $1200.

ex DNW18 Sep 2012 L.2873
Photos
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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