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13 Shillings And 6 Pence (Id: Coin Weight)

 
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 Posted 08/09/2020  01:05 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Markroyal to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this with a group of old coins. My father used to deal in coins 30 years ago and the coins were in and old box of his. This was the only one that that I can't identify. I have searched online but nothing matching this. It looks like some of the old coins from the UK. However, I believe other European countries used shillings. Can anyone assist in identifying this?

Thank you!

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 Posted 08/09/2020  04:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anaximander to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to the forum.

It looks like a coin weight.

In Britain there used to be a number of foreign gold coins circulating. They often had odd values when converted into £sd. People would clip gold coins or used acid to remove some of the gold, so you would use a standard weight to ensure that you weren't being cheated.

In the 18th century the Portuguese moidore circulated at about 27 shillings, so my guess is that your object is a half-moidore weight. Perhaps somebody more experienced in weights from this forum could comment better.
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 Posted 08/09/2020  05:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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so my guess is that your object is a half-moidore weight


... it should weigh 5.3 grams
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 Posted 08/09/2020  10:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Markroyal to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the insight and history! That makes sense. Pretty cool historical item.

Keep up the helpful site!
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 Posted 08/09/2020  12:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those old coin weights are a collectible item, especially if you can identify the manufacturer.
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