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Ormonde 3 Pence

ID Number: 5621
Category: Irish Hammered Coins
Catalogue Number: S.6549; DF.309
Grade: Good VF
Weight: 1.42 g., 16 mm.
Date: 1643-1644
Denomination: Silver 3 Pence
Pedigree: ex Spink London 2017
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, 1.42 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. 

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 about 2 grades better, having a large III, and a small petite D.  The obv die appears identical to that photographed in DF, only this obv has 3 pellets total, 1st in the left field, 2nd bet the C and R, which is expected, and 3rd in the right field.

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

Good Very Fine with old grey tone.  $2000.

ex Spink London, 29 Mar2017, L.401
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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