SWYOR-FB3863: Milled Spanish Coin: A Counterstruck Dollar of Charles IV

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COIN

Unique ID: SWYOR-FB3863

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A Milled Post-Medieval counterfeit silvered copper alloy coin; a contemporary copy of a silver Spanish 'dollar' or eight reales of Charles III or IV of Spain, counterstruck with the bust of George III (1760-1820). Due to a shortage in coinage during the late 1790s, a number of coins from South America and Spain were counterstruck with the portrait of George III from 1797 until about 1820. According to Lasser et al. (1997, page 38) in The Coins of Colonial America, the octagonal counterstamp was introduced in 1804. According to Walden, Timothy (2002), The Spanish Treasure Fleets, Pineapple Press Inc., p. 195, cited in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Boulton, these coins were extensively forged. This led to Boulton developing a process of obliterating the old coin design when re-issuing further counterstamped coins.

This coin has been silvered and is a contemporary forgery. See Spink (2003), page 381, number 3766.

Reference: Lasser et al:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=_-JrC1XgWnIC&pg=PA38&lpg=PA38&dq=counterstruck+George+III&source=bl&ots=rVF8sXM8_c&sig=yT8YwCUOXzeOJJl4bg4-IKT82v0&hl=en&ei=mbzPTtboAorqOcqZtaAP&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=counterstruck%20George%20III&f=false . Accessed 25-Nov-2011.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1804
Date to: Circa AD 1820

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 17.85 g
Diameter: 39.3 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Mary Blevins
Identified by: Ms Mary Blevins
Secondary identifier: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 543

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Dollar
Ruler/issuer: George III of the United Kingdom
Category: Modern
Type: Dollar (countermarked): George III (S 3765 - 3766)
Obverse description: Right facing laureate bust, octagonal counterstamp of the bust of George III
Obverse inscription: CAROLUS III(I) DEI GRATIA / [17](99)
Reverse description: Crowned rectangular shield with a pillar on each side
Reverse inscription: HISPA[...]
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Sheffield (Metropolitan District)
District: Sheffield (Metropolitan District)

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Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: Friday 25th November 2011
Updated: Friday 25th November 2011

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