Contemporary Counterfeits of Durham House Shillings of Edward VI – Gary Oddie

Contemporary counterfeits of the base shillings of Edward VI are well known struck in brass or copper. Almost all display the Timor Domini Fons Vitae legend. This note presents two specimens of a contemporary counterfeit shilling displaying a version of the legend that is found exclusively on the second issue base shillings struck at the Durham House mint – Inimicos Eius Induam Confusione. Interestingly the plating is tin or zinc based, with only a small trace of silver on one side of one of the pieces.

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