1783 3Pence Chalmers MS (PCGS# 592)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 202
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1783 John Chalmers Threepence. W-1760. AU-58 (PCGS). 20.06 grains. A freshly original and boldly detailed example of this diminutive production of the John Chalmers workshop in Annapolis. Good luster remains on both sides, amidst deep gray surfaces with hints of lighter silver color in protected areas. The reverse is fairly well centered, with die edge visible right of the date and denticles from 1 o'clock to 8 o'clock. The obverse is ideally centered (something of a feat for a hand-struck coin this size) and boldly detailed, with every engraved line present and easy to see. Mark free and choice. Mr. Craige called this piece "Gem; UNC." It is one of the finest specimens of this issue we have seen, though most survivors are either damaged (particularly holed for use as charms) or in relatively high grade. Examples this nice are rarely encountered.