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1790 Coin With Georgivs II Instead Of III?

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 Posted 07/03/2019  09:24 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add FinAoife to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, my son has just been given a 1790 coin with George III's head on the front as expected, however the writing says Georgivs II rather than III. Is this just a defect? Thanks! :)
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 Posted 07/03/2019  09:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A pic would help if you can.

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 Posted 07/03/2019  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 07/03/2019  1:28 pm  Show Profile   Check PaddyB's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add PaddyB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

High chance that this is an evasion or contemporary counterfeit of some sort - not that rare but always interesting. We need to see pictures to give you more.
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 Posted 07/03/2019  2:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anaximander to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

At that time there were lots of unofficial tokens circulating. It might be one of those. Pics of both sides would help. If it is a token there might be an inscription around the edge, which would further id it. Looking forward to seeing more...
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 Posted 07/03/2019  8:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, it sounds like it might be an "evasion".

Evasions were produced by people who wanted to produce counterfeit coins, but weren't so keen on the punishment if they were caught (being either death by hanging, or deportation to Australia, depending on the seriousness of the offence). So they placed deliberate errors on their counterfeits, in the hope that if they were found out and arrested, they could persuade the judge that they weren't really counterfeit coins because they had a different design. The maker of your "coin", for example, might have tried to argue that he was just making medals commemorating the long-dead king George II, and it wasn't his fault that illiterate people were taking them and spending them as money.

Such excuses rarely saved a counterfeiter from the gallows, or the one-way ticket to Botany Bay.
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