CORN-5055E0: Modern coin: halfpenny of George III counterstamped as transport token (obverse)

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Unique ID: CORN-5055E0

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy transport token with the words: 'TO DOWNDERY' counterstamped on the reverse of a halfpenny of George III (1760-1820), dated to 1806 on the obverse. "Counterstamping of bronze coinage was outlawed by the 1853 Coinage Act following the industrial scale of Edward Lloyd's newspaper advertisements in the late 1840s" (Edward Besly pers comm). So the coin would have been used before this time, c.1806-1853. The place name probably refers to the Downderry that is not far from the findspot, in the parish of St. Stephen in Brannel, near St. Austell.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1806
Date to: AD 1853

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 9.02 g
Diameter: 30.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 1943

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Secondary identifier: Mr Edward Besly

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Stamped
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse description: Laureate bust facing right
Obverse inscription: GEORGIUS III D G REX 1806
Reverse description: Britannia seated left above shield holding olive branch in raised right hand and trident behind in left hand
Reverse inscription: BRITANNIA overstamped with: TO DOWN DER Y
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Stephen-in-Brannel (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW9550
Four figure Latitude: 50.314212
Four figure longitude: -4.880748
1:25K map: SW9550
1:10K map: SW90SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: passed down from grandmother to current owner but found locally
Current location: returned to finder

References cited

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Updated: 8 years ago

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