Dating to c.1717-1719 for the silver threepence Maundy coin and c.1800 for the ring, this coin-set rarity is suitable for wear by a 21st-century lady or gentleman!
Measuring 5/8" across the bezel, this completely hand-wrought ring boasts a silver threepence from the reign of George I! George I (George Louis; German: Georg Ludwig; 28 May 1660 – 11 June 1727) was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1 August 1714 until his death in 1727. Maundy money as such started in the reign of Charles II with an undated issue of hammered coins in 1662. This tradition is still in use today in Great Britain, and this threepence coin was undoubtably a souvenir of the new monarch's Maundy Thursday distribution for 1717-1719 (the three pence changed in design after 1719)!
The coin features the bust of George I facing left, with the motto "GEORGIUS DEI GRA." The coin has been set in a completely hand-wrought rubbed-over, closed-backed bezel of sterling-grade silver (unmarked but tested). George I only reigned for 12 years, and coins from his reign rarely survive into the 21st-century in such crisp condition. (The coin is considered to be in XF condition by coin collecting standards.) Some 85+ years after this coin was minted, it was set into the sterling silver ring you see here. This ring is of the "cigar band" variety, with hand-punched Celtic-motif decoration to the shoulders, tapering back to a strong, 4 mm wide shank. JUST SPLENDID!
The reverse of the bezel is also stamped with two Celtic "target" motifs, and bears the maker's mark R.C. It is likely that Mr. R.C. was either Scottish or Irish, as these Celtic motifs are not found in English-made jewelry of this era. At any rate, this ring was fine enough to warrant signing, and perhaps best of all, it has survived over 200 years in magnificent condition! This ring weighs a substantial 5.23 grams, and has not been cleaned.
This ring is currently a size 6, but the plainness of the rear of the shank would allow for conservative re-sizing by a good bench jeweler for little cost. Suitable for wear by a lady or as a handsome pinky ring for a gentleman, this regal, 287-year old coin set in it's 215-year old ring makes for a wonderful conversation piece, and WHAT a history!
If you collect the finest in English royal memorabilia or coin-set jewelry, this historic ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a splendid gift for anyone fond of wearable early British history, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this custom-made jewel; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE
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