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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 863

GIBRALTAR. temp. George III. King of Great Britain, 1760-1820. AR Ten Bits (39mm, 22.28 g, 12h). Struck circa 1760.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 863.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

World, Silver

Sold For $ 2 750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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GIBRALTAR. temp. George III. King of Great Britain, 1760-1820. AR Ten Bits (39mm, 22.28 g, 12h). Struck circa 1760. Peruvian 8 Real, dated 1757 (LIMA) JM, with bordered heart shape cut from center. Lyall, “Gibraltar Hearts,” in NumCirc XCV.6 (December 2007), type IV; Pridmore 16 (Dominca); KM 20 (Martinique). Toned. Good VF. Very rare.

From the Collection of an English Queen’s Counsel, purchased from Baldwin’s, May 2016. Ex Peus 394 (31 October 2007), lot 1447.

Bob Lyall (“Gibraltar Hearts,” in NumCirc XCV.6 [December 2007], pp. 306-308) reattributes the Type I and II heart-shaped cut coins, previously assigned to Dominica or Martinique, to the British possession of Gibraltar. Two particular pieces of textual evidence inform this reattribution – a 1748 first-hand account of circulating silver coins with a heart shaped bit removed, and a 1749 order prohibiting the circulation of cut or damaged Spanish coins. Lyall also notes that the dates appearing on the Type III and IV issues are too late for the same attribution to Gibraltar, and the author initially confirmed their attribution to Dominica. Private communication with the author indicates that newly uncovered documentary evidence suggests these later types were also struck in Gibraltar circa 1760.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 3, which begins 17 September 2020 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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