O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepences of William IV


Introduction:

After the Great Recoinage of 1817 the silver threepence was primarily produced for the Maundy Ceremony. It was not until 1845, during the reign of Queen Victoria, that the threepence was struck for general circulation in Great Britain and Ireland. In the interim, a short run of silver threepences were minted in London for use in the British West Indies, where the British Administration was trying to increase its influence by introducing a strong currency based on ‘good silver’ in British denominations.

Silver Threepence: William IV

  • Alloy: Sterling Silver (92.5% silver)
  • Weight: 1.41g
  • Diameter: 16mm
  • Edge: Plain
  • Designers
    • Obverse: William Wyon (WW)
    • Reverse: Jean Merlen
1835 GB & Ireland silver threepence (William IV). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin

1835 GB & Ireland silver threepence (William IV)

Obverse:

  • Bare head of King William IV facing right
  • Legend: GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR:REX F:D:
    • Full Latin text: GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR
    • Translation: William the Fourth, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith

Reverse:

  • Royal crown above the number ‘3’, with the date divided to either side.
  • A wreath with a bow at the base surrounds the main design

Mintage & Market Values:

1834-1837 GB & Ireland (William IV) Silver Threepence mintage & market values. (The Old Currency Exchange)

1834-1837 GB & Ireland (William IV) Silver Threepence mintage & market values.

 

Further Reading:

  • A History of Currency in the British Colonies
    • Sir Robert Chalmers (1858)
  • The Guidebook and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins
    • Jerome Remick (1971)
  • Spink’s Catalogue of British Colonial and Commonwealth Coins
    • Andre de Clermont, (1986)

 

 

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