SOM-0708B9: Post Medieval coin: counterfeit 8 reales of Charles IV of Spain

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Unique ID: SOM-0708B9

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Post Medieval silver plated copper alloy counterfeit 8 reales of Charles IV of Spain, dated on the coin to 1794 and probably produced in the 1790s or ealy 1800's. Possibly an example of a 'Birmingham' forgery although the date is not in initial lists produced of these forgeries and it may be a later plated forgery made in Birmingham or elsewhere.

The Birmingham forgeries are a very narrowly defined class of counterfeits produced with the possible "assistance" of the English Government beginning in 1796. They were initially made as part of a failed wartime attempt to destabilize the Spanish monetary situation in China and the Far East. While this attempt ended in failure the manufacture of forged 8 reales did not stop. They were produced for many years for use in the Orient, India and the British Colonies.

The Birmingham coins were also counterstamped with forged punches during the silver emergency of 1804 in Great Britain.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1794
Date to: Exactly AD 1804

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 24.83 g
Diameter: 39.4 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 19284

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: 8 reales
Ruler/issuer: Charles III of Spain
Type: Spain: silver 8 reales of Charles III (Clemente and Cayon 11881-12137)
Obverse description: laureate and draped bust facing right, counterstamped on jaw with a oval containing a raised bust
Obverse inscription: CAROLVS . IIII . DEI . GRATIA . 1794 .
Reverse description: Crowned shield of Spanish arms flanked by pillars with scroll over pillars
Reverse inscription: HISPAN . ET IND . REX . Mo . 8R . F . M
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Cheddon Fitzpaine (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2327
Four figure Latitude: 51.03717907
Four figure longitude: -3.09957665
1:25K map: ST2327
1:10K map: ST22NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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