"Identifying markers have long been used by counterfeiters to mark their work so as not to accept them in trade. I don't think that is an exclusive trait of "balcksmith groups". In fact two of the most common counterfeit types illustrated in Riddell's 1845 book have identifying markers yet these were both large factory productions using many very complete and accurately copies dies. The Riddell # 221 and 223 varieties use an eagle with an open knuckle on the foot grasping the cactus. The Riddell 365 and 371 have one ray that is misplaced in relation to the D and the eagle on some lacks a crest entirely..."
No, I am certainly not implying that at all; it's just a clever thing... plus, as you know, there IS a connection between Canadian Blacksmiths and Mexican coinage: the "Mexican Sou", ca.1850's, which sides nicely with this attempt, timewise
Edited by whatdowehavehere
11/11/2020 07:34 am