Hi there, I was wondering if someone could help me researching this counter-stamped coin. The host coin is a half-penny of GIII of 1773. It came from a tray of other counter-stamped coins and hobo nickels costing me nothing. The stamp says "BOSTON TEA PARTY 1773", with retrograde N. The circular punches for individual letters are visible. the letters are of irregular size, but neatly shaped. The font looks very modern, yet the bottom of the letters shows even patina. Given the eternal interest to the relics of the American Revolution, it may be just a hoax. I would typify saying that I wish to believe the counter-stamp is authentic and contemporary, but I have not found anything like that on the Internet. So I wonder what would be the argument against the authenticity of the item? E.g., the Boston Tea Party was not called like that in 1773, or some other discrepancies? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Well, the font is way too modern and you are correct it is a farce imitation. Is it even a real Gill? What is that at the 5:30 position? How about the reverse. It is a made up coin, who knows the reason, maybe a reenactment handout? or tourist trap coin.
Thank you everybody! It's a fishy piece indeed. It came along with several other authentic (WWII dog tags and hobo nickels) and suspicious pieces, including a worn GIII penny 1806 crudely inscribed with a hangman besides the gallows and "END OF PAIN" above (possibly imitating the Burke's supporters' jeton of 1793 against the book of Thomas Paine) and another worn GIII penny 1806 inscribed with a merry couple of male and female dancers in the period costumes on reverse and "1803" on obverse. It seems there was somebody making or collecting such exonumia here in our city, and now it's beeing sold for a pound a piece, perhaps after the collector/cutter passed away, 'cos I cannot feel any intention to fool anybody for money.