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1774 Halfpenny Machin's Mills

 
 
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 Posted 10/10/2019  08:01 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add arusak to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have this halfpenny, it was labeled as a Machin's Mills Vlack 3-74A. However, it doesn't match any images of this variety I've seen, and I can't find any match from the plates I've seen online for possible die pairings. Is this just some other non-regal halfpenny? If it is a Machin's Mills, then does anyone know the Vlack # for it? If it makes a difference the coin weighs 7.70 grams.





Any help is appreciated.
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 Posted 10/10/2019  12:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think it is Machin, but I don't have a copy of Vlack. It DEFINITELY isn't Vlack 3-74A, neither die matches. I have found the obv paired with a counterfeit Irish 1775 as part of the "long top 7" family of counterfeits. But that family doesn't have the near vertical desenders on the 7 like your coin does. I may put some more effort into it later but I don't have the time right now.
Gary Schmidt
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 Posted 10/10/2019  5:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You'll find a lot of counterfeit halfpennies that are labeled Machin's Mills that aren't. Probably one of the most misattributed colonial series. Best to do some research on these before buying.
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 Posted 10/11/2019  12:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very true, most sellers, if the have a counterfeit half penny, will automatically call it a "Machins Mills" without having any idea wether it is or not. I probably wouldn't accept any Machins Mills piece without a Vlack attribution, and even then, as with your coin, you need to confirm the attribution because they are frequently wrong.
Gary Schmidt
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 Posted 10/14/2019  10:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arusak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for your help.
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