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Can anyone tell me what this coin is exactly? It seems to me to be a William IV 1/3 farthing, but it is either gold or more likely it has been guilded. I was wondering if anyone knows of an official version of this coin that was maybe a gilt proof? or has someone guilded it themselves?

 

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Can anyone tell me what this coin is exactly? It seems to me to be a William IV 1/3 farthing, but it is either gold or more likely it has been guilded. I was wondering if anyone knows of an official version of this coin that was maybe a gilt proof? or has someone guilded it themselves?

 

18353rdfarthing.jpg

 

The verdigris/coppery spots underneath sure looks like it has been poorly gilded to me.

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Yeah thats was my guess too, im assuming someone was trying to pass it off as a half sovereign back in the 1830's, I can't think of any other reason for guilding a third farthing. Cheers Clive!

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Yes the third farthing is slightly smaller than a half sovereign so may not be the ideal coin to guild and try to pass off as a half sovereign.

 

Does anyone know what guilding does to a coins value? does it reduce it as much as a cleaned or polished coin or more?

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Does anyone know what guilding does to a coins value? does it reduce it as much as a cleaned or polished coin or more?

 

That depends on each individual's opinion. Some dealers, for example, don't consider cleaning to be a problem!

 

As for myself, I've never been in a situation where I had to consider a gilded piece. All else being equal, I would be hesitant to offer more than 2/3 of the normal value given the possible difficulty when re-selling it down the road (for whatever reason).

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