Jamaica ‘Type X’ Countermark – A Modern Fake – K. V. Eckardt

Again, along the recent series of Blog Posts regarding modern fakes readers should be made aware of a potentially convincing fake countermark on 8 Reale coins from Jamaica (c.1758-9). While the fabricators of these fake coins or countermarks may have some familiarity with the issues they are copying generally their knowledge is not as developed as an advanced collector/student and inevitably they get one or more aspects wrong which then is a marker for their handiwork. Numismatists must be vigilant and conduct a through investigation when a new variety makes it’s appearance in the marketplace. While legitimate contemporary material continues to be discovered, from time to time, the modern fabricator will use this route to their advantage in placing their modern material into the marketplace. The quality of modern fakes will undoubtedly improve, but I trust that ‘we’ shall be able to find that one little thing that they get wrong.

Two Contemporary Notices of Counterfeiting – Gary Oddie

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.”