During the later 15th and early 16th century, large numbers of leaden tokens were produced across Suffolk as a component of the ‘Boy Bishop’ festivities that accompanied the liturgical celebration of St Nicholas. Despite the large quantities of these tokens that exist and the proliferation of new variants, little work has been undertaken on them since Stuart Rigold’s typology was developed in the late 1970s. This note brings to attention and translates a new reverse legend for his series I/C, encountered on two new pieces recently recorded by the Suffolk Portable Antiquities Scheme.
The die used to strike the Goerach Batoe 1 Dollar Reis 1890 “Proof” plantation token has recently been discussed in a blog article by Gary Oddie. That the die was found along with other dies known to have produced modern fantasy transport tokens casts serious doubt on the authenticity of specimens of this particular plantation token. This note adds further detail to the history of this issue.
Initial examination of a cut and countermarked segment from an 8 Reale raises a number of questions as to the nature of this coin. The piece appears to be on the fringe of a recognised series within the broader series of British Tradesman Countermarked Dollars. A number of possibilities exist and each of these need to be reviewed so as to test the probabilities with the aim of leading to a conclusion that answers the questions raised with a reasonable degree of certainty.Reviewing the physical aspects of the coin and considering past as well as more recent circumstances a process of elimination was used that leads to a logical resolution that potentially identifies the nature of the coin and the reason for its existence.
Recently a group of seven dies appeared on the market. Four of the dies form a group that produced fantasy transport tokens sometime between 1967 and 1990. Two dies produced a fantasy transport token sometime between 1990 and 2016. The final die was used to produce a previously unrecognised fantasy tobacco plantation token from the Dutch East Indies. Each die is illustrated (50%) and a separate image of the die face is shown along with a mirrored image and a specimen of the token (100%).
Countermarks are intriguing but when they are on cut portions of the original host coin then many additional questions arise. This note is to explore more about the cutting and countermarking of the 8 reales and what quantity of silver loss was experienced during the cutting process. Click here to read the article.
New Internet Search Facilities are making available more detailed records everyday. In this article the Newman Numismatic Portal has allowed the investigation of Virgil Brand records appertaining to a Catrine Cotton Works countermarked 8 reales. Click here to read the article.
Countermarks are fascinating but even more so when they are applied over one another. The researcher is left to ask when, why and how. This blog post has attempted some answers based on an unusual mark and it is hoped that others will supply more ideas for further research and study. Click to access the article.
Under Tokens and Jettons will be found a new article by Gary Oddie on a lost 17th century token from Cambridgeshire – hopefully this brief article might cause it to re-appear. CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESEARCH NOTE To provide comments on the article please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Contemporary records for any research are often difficult to trace and harder to place in context. The legal documents discussed in this brief article specifically identify known persons, places and issues of the Ballindalloch Cotton Works in more detail than previously understood. They corroborate the issues of checks to the value of 5/ and 7/ and give more insight into the reasons for their short period of issue.
The writer would appreciate details of any known Ballindalloch Works checks not listed in Table 1 of the article.
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