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    British Colony - William IV Countermarked 1/4 Dollar - 13 Pence ND (1832-4) F12 NGC, FT2, KM10. 6.5 grams. Stamped on a cut Spanish 8 Reales. An extremely rare and fascinating coinage, David Vice says in his book The Coinage of British West Africa & St. Helena 1684-1958 that "In Sierra Leone, for a short period between 1832 and 1834, the [Spanish] dollars as well as being cut into quarters, edges plain cut, were also stamped with the crowned initials WR (for William Rex [King William]). This counterstamp, which was unique to Sierra LEone, was used as a guarantee of weight on the cut quarters" (p. 160). We can find less than a half dozen examples of this type that have sold at auction over the last decade and missing from most major collections. This is a type that is frequently seen counterfeited, both in modern times as well as contemporaneously, and so this is quite a special opportunity to acquire a guaranteed genuine piece from a prestigious collection.

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    January, 2016
    10th Sunday
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