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The Application Of The Heaton Mint Mark

 
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 Posted 03/02/2021  7:22 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Bond632 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I would like to know the reason as to when or why the Heaton mint would apply their mark, as some coins produced by them have none.

Was it left up to the authority that commissioned the coin that decided to add the mint mark or was it the mint itself? Was it added only if Heaton engraved the dies themselves? Or perhaps only if there were two or more mints producing the same coinage and there happened to be a problem, it could be traced back to the mint that produced it?

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 Posted 03/04/2021  5:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add andyg to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I doubt there is one single answer, the reason for the mintmarks will probably be different in different places.

In the UK the "H" and "KN" mintmarks were applied as a form of quality control.
I think in Guernsey they were more of a "we made this" sort of mark.
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In Canada, the "H" for heaton was meant to distinguish it from The Royal Mint, which minted our coins until 1908, when the Canadian mint took over. Not sure if Newfoundland was different.
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The Heaton mint was a private minting firm contracted by The Royal Mint of London primarily in times of shortage. In a time when boat was the only mode of transport, and England made the dies and planchets, demand all to often exceeded production capabilities. Don't forget, England had an empire which spanned the globe and needed to support it with coin.
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