Entirely true, our most scarce circulation coin is nothing more than a glorified business strike!
Now a fun treasure hunt challenge to get some points and spice.
My cause celebre at the moment, a fun treasure points challenge.
UK Silver Halfcrown 1826 George IV, AU, AU55 possibly cleaned
Winner is the most points from the following criteria.
1. The Year 1826 100 points
- 1 point for every year later or earlier than 1826, so any coin between 1727 and 1925 will get points. I can work this out for you if you like.
Examples 1850 = 76 points, 1902 = 24 points, 1750 = 24 points, 1794 = 68 points etc,
2. Silver or Gold coin of over .800 Fineness = +10 points
Any other metal no points, but you can still enter it
3. Crown appears on the coin = +10 points
4. Plant leaves and fronds = + 1 Point per leaf
5. Size over 30mm = +50 points
27 - 30mm = +25 points
Under 27mm = 0 points
6. Condition = EF or better = 50 points
VF - EF = 25 points
Fine - VF = 10 points
Under Fine = 0 points
7. Language (I know my coin is English/Latin)
Any language other than English = 50 points
Non western language = 100 points
Coin has English and other languages too = 25 points, but any English restricts it from getting more marks (Indian Rupees take note).
Same with colonial coins of other empires, so Dutch Indonesia will get 50 points as the lowest scoring language variety predominates - same for Spanish colonial and independent Hispanic countries = 50 points
8. Animals on coins
Lions, mammals etc = 20 points per animal
Birds, fish, rodents and small animals under cat sized = 5 points each.
You can award yourself points for any of these categories. If your coin scores no points in any of them - thats fine.
Most points win.
And one caveat = No USA, American coins allowed,
any USA coin or coin made or used in USA territory (1700s colonial cents/pennies etc) is disqualified includes Rosa Americana a and Virginia coins(Just to spice it up and make this contest more international).And Canadian coins will only get half their earnt scores as I know they also predominate here.
Have fun and more willing tom ajudicate and audit any entry.
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.