This short note will present two documented cases of counterfeiting where sufficient information is included to allow surviving specimens to be identified.In the first case from Aberdeen in 1799, a counterfeit shilling with an Anne Obverse but with a 1720 reverse, the present author is seeking readers’ help in providing illustrations to complete the note.In the second case from Portsmouth in 1915, a counterfeit shilling dated 1877, the unusual choice of metal for the counterfeit and its grade when issued makes the surviving pieces stand out from typical counterfeits of the period.”
An interesting brockage overstrike for Edward III post treaty pennies.
A completely new legend reading for the Florin Coinage issue halfpence (1344-1351) for the mint of London.
This short note describes an unusual counterfeit base shilling of Edward VI, overstruck using false dies, on a French Gros de Nesle of 1550. The metal content has been analysed and the numbers do not add up. Reusing readymade base coins as blanks for a counterfeit certainly has its merits, but not when making a loss on the silver. The false dies are well made, but contain legends not seen on other genuine coins or contemporary counterfeits. All suggestions gratefully received via this blog.
The moneyer Odo at Bury St Edmunds is currently known for striking types XIII-XIV in the reign of Henry I. Only one coin of type XIII was known from this mint/moneyer combination until August 2020, when a second piece was discovered in East Yorkshire. Importantly, this new find is struck from an unpublished set of dies.
A second specimen of this rare posthumous Henry III penny reinforces the conclusion that the first specimen is genuine, and supports the designation of these two coins as being class 7a.
A recent sorting and tidying of my bookcases revealed a range of different editions of the Seaby/Spink standard catalogues, acquired over some decades. In this brief article I chart the growth of this highly successful publication.
The extremely rare 1818 8 over 7 Half Sovereign is sometimes mis-identified due to existence of a variety that appears as if it could be due to a defect on the right side of the second 8, making that side of the coin appear fatter. There is however no trace of the upper side of the 7 which would be clear if this was indeed the rarity. This article illustrates the two types.
A previous note provided illustrations of the known official issues of the shillings from the York mint during the Civil War. This note will present details and discuss five known varieties of counterfeit shillings which display the EBOR mintmark. Some of these show quite competent engraving skills, sufficient to allow the die that was copied to be identified. The contemporary counterfeits showing the EBOR mint signature show letter and design punch links with each other and also with other groups of contemporary counterfeits of provincial mint shillings (Oxford). All specimens of one York die combination show significant flan curvature pointing to manufacture on a roller or cylinder press. Through the Commonwealth and up to the recoinage of 1696/7, increasingly worn and clipped silver coins fell prey to the counterfeiters. The whole topic of the state of the circulating silver coinage in the seventeenth century requires a thorough review in order to place what seems to be a continuous undercurrent of
This is the second paper in a set of three on the class 7 coins of the London mint, and this one deals with the coins of the moneyer Reginald de Cantuaria (“Renaud”). The coins of Renaud were minted until c. May 1278 – i.e. for about 75-80% of the period in which class 7 was issued (1275/6 – late 1278), and hence are useful for looking at some of the variations which might be of relevance in any future sub-division of the class. Three types are outlined for the coins of Renaud, including one type having an unusual double-headed sceptre, not seen elsewhere in the Henry III long cross series. I continue to look for additional images of class 7 coins for further research and would be pleased to hear from any reader willing to supply class 7 images of any mint or moneyer.