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    1783 Chalmers Threepence, W-1760, MS61
    Important Condition Rarity
    Possibly Third-Finest Known

    1783 THREEPENCE Chalmers Threepence, Breen-1018, W-1760, R.5, MS61 NGC. Ex: Craige. 13.9 grains. Annapolis, Maryland, silver- and goldsmith John Chalmers struck threepence, sixpence, and shillings, all dated 1783 and designed for local circulation -- an aim that appears to have been fulfilled, given the extensive wear that many surviving pieces show. The Long Worm and Short Worm shillings are the most commonly seen Chalmers coins overall. The threepence are next in overall availability with respect to varieties.

    The various reference guides are confusing, particularly in regard to the rarity of the four sixpence versus the others. The Long and Short Worm shillings are the most frequently seen (R.4 and High R.4, respectively), followed by the threepence (R.5), then the four sixpence die marriages (each R.6 to R.7), and finally the Rings shillings at High R.7. However, the threepence is the rarest Chalmers denomination in terms of the cumulative total of survivors.

    Those rankings are also absolute, and a piece such as this Mint State NGC-certified threepence is a marvelous conditional rarity. Much luster appears on silver-gray surfaces with a bold strike, but the strike is a tad off-center and the blank was axially misaligned, creating strike softness above I.C on the obverse and PENCE on the reverse. This piece may rank third-finest certified behind two finer pieces at PCGS (3/16).
    Ex: Robert A. Vlack; Ted L. Craige (3/25/1971); Donald Groves Partrick / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5654; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2016), lot 5213.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AUP, PCGS# 592)

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