1884 Maundy or Currency 3d * ? - Choice deep toned pAS
* Trying to tell the difference between a Maundy or currency 3d is virtually impossible
when the 3ds is NOT in a matched Maundy set as the die after being used to make
Maundy coins was then used to make the currency coins. A 'first' strike currency coin
can be as 'prooflike' as any Maundy coin and some Maundy coins are not always that
'prooflike' anyhow !
Maundy 3ds oddments are much scarcer than currency 3ds due to the lower mintage
and that most Maundy 3ds will already be with the Maundy set. The 3d is the 'key' coin
to the Maundy sets as many were removed as collectors tried to find choice currency
coins for their 3d collection.
1884 Maundy mintage figures: 4d - 5,353. 3d - 4,488. 2d - 6,042 & 1d - 14,109
So this 3d could be either Maundy or currency - whichever both are scarce in this grade.