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 Posted 11/30/2022  11:12 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add robert_ to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Ciao, I ask your help to identify the following small copper token. It is 1,49 gr of weight and 1,49 cm of diameter. The portrait could be of an English or Irish king? Thanks!


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 Posted 11/30/2022  3:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty sure it is a coin weight, used to measure against authentic coins of the time.
It means 2 penny weights and 16 grains. That's what the P and the G stands for...I think. Most probably british and Georgian
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 Posted 12/01/2022  3:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@TobyJ - curious, how does P.G. stand for 2 Penny weights and 16 grains? Why not 3 Penny Weights and 24 grains? Thanks
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 Posted 12/01/2022  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You're right, I think it weighs less than I said.
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 Posted 12/01/2022  4:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hondo Boguss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Two penny weights = 3.11 grams, while 16 grains is ~ 1.04 grams.
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 Posted 12/01/2022  5:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's not a weight - a weight would actually say exactly what it weighed, rather than leave you guessing.

It's a token. Who or what "P.G." is, may be difficult to determine. In many places around the world at various times, gambling with actual money was/is illegal, so people make tokens to gamble with instead; in such cases, the people making the tokens are acting in secret, so obtaining information of who, how and when the tokens were issued is next to impossible, without "inside knowledge".

The OP is from Italy. If they found it there, then it's probably local in origin, and "P.G." would then be an Italian abbreviation.
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