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1773 Halfpenny Doublestruck

 
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 Posted 12/14/2019  8:28 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add dar76124 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found this in an old collection I purchased. I'm unsure it it's legit. Struck on a very thin planquet, weighs 5.6 grams. What do you think?



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 Posted 12/14/2019  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Quite interesting indeed, looks legit to me.
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 Posted 12/14/2019  10:14 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not so sure. It looks to be double struck with a partial obverse brockage. But notice the stuttered third strike on the left obverse field that can't be accounted for
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 Posted 12/23/2019  2:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kingz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The date and design looks a bit off as well, appears a bit crude craftmanship.. Perhaps an older contemporary fake gone wrong? :P
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 Posted 12/23/2019  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's definitely not an officially minted halfpenny. It seems actually to be "triple-struck" - I can see the "1773" three times.

Which also lends weight to the conterfeit hypothesis - a counterfeiter would be less careful about quality.

I wouldn't think it to be a "mint sport" deliberately made by the counterfeiter to sell for profit; while collectors of tokens began to appear in the 1790s, nobody was really into collecting errors back then - an error was a "flawed coin" and worth less, not more, than a perfect error-free example.
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 Posted 12/24/2019  01:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add realeswatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wonderful contemporary counterfeit error!
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