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  1. Yes - As far I remember they all have. Struck - I don't really collect cast examples. There was a shortage from round 1811 and onwards, when we see the second wave of copper tokens. But I think most of the counterfeits are early and close to the date of the official issue. They are typical about 1 gr lighter than the official weight.
  2. An 1806 contemporary counterfeit half penny - my forth so far
  3. That's an old forgery - possibly contemporary. So far I've seen 1841, 1844 and 1846, all with the same reverse.
  4. A bit worn, but a lucky find. Contemporary counterfeit 1806 halfpenny.
  5. Another example of the crude counterfeit 1841 penny. Now I have 3 different - this one have the same reverse as my 2nd copy.
  6. Many sceattas have a horse like reverse. I wonder were the inspiration for the reverse design of the series x came from - perhaps from earlier English sceattas?. The obverse seems to originate from the Byzantine coins of Justinian I.
  7. The motive with the stag also appears on a rare coin of Cnut almost as a 200 anniversary of the original design. It is not the exact same design as the face/stag coin but taken from another contemporary coin – the ship/stag type which as it is smaller and lighter could perhaps be a half penny.
  8. As far I understand Northumbrian at the time of Eadberht was solid Christian and when the triquetra appears it may be thought of as a symbol of the trinity and the sun could be Christ or God. If the stag or more neutral – the Quadruped is a symbol for Northumbria then it must have a different meaning on the Ribe coins. But if it’s a symbol of the ruling family there could be a connection. Coins of Aethelwald Moll, who may have been without ties to the royal family, doesn’t use the ‘stag’ but his son Aethelred I does! I understand that there should be some York coins of the Viking period also picturing the stag but so far I haven’t been able to locate any photos of these. What the triquetra/valknut symbolized in pagan times seems very uncertain. But as Ribe was an important trade centre the symbols on the coins may have been chosen carefully so people of both religions could accept them.
  9. In August last year about 250 coins from early 9ct Ribe was found close to the town. The coins are extremely well-preserved except for a few which has been damaged by plowing. Except for 4 coins all are of the ‘face/stag’ type which is believed to date from around 820 AD though they may possibly be slightly earlier. https://sydvestjyskemuseer.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/damhus-skatten-en-stor-skat-af-ribe-moenter-fra-800-tallet-ofret-til-mosens-guder/ (in Danish - but with nice coin pictures) To anyone familiar with the series X (wodan/monster) sceatta it’s oblivious to see the connection to this coinage which are also believed to have been produced in Ribe. Excavations in Ribe have shown that the two coins replace each other in the finds layers of the early 9ct. Hence the series wodan/monster coinage ends its 100 year circulation and is replaced by the face/stag coinage at that time. I’ve been wondering why the reverse doesn’t continues the ‘monster’ design (which looks more like a lying horse) but change it to a stag. The horse-monster does return, but at a later time. The only other coinage of that era which I know is using (what sometimes appears to be) a stag is the Northumbrian 8ct sceattas (mainly of Eadberht 737-758). A few of these even has some of the same ‘field marks’ – a sun(?) above and a triquetra below. So the question is; could there be a connection between the two - An inspiration or a more direct link? I know connections to Northumbria is mentioned in the early legends of Danish kings but most are vague and some (like the tales of Regnar Lodbrog) of a later date than considered here. Any thoughts?
  10. Sure - Perhaps it's easier by mail than uploading them here?
  11. I stated a study some years ago but dropped it again as it got too expensive for me. I have scans of about 32 different die pairs of the shilling and 21 of the sixpence. The only interesting thing I noticed back then was two different types of the D in DEI on obverse on the shilling. Please send a PM if you're interested in all my scans.
  12. The first example of a contemporary milled counterfeit 1821 half crown I've seen.
  13. BHM list a white metal 40mm medal by T. Halliday as #1075 which should be fairly common. But since there's no picture in the catalogue it's difficult to be sure if it's the same medal.
  14. Well - I do have a small white cabinet
  15. Not an 1821 (I've never seen counterfeit half-crowns of that year) but a reel fine upgrade of a fairly common 1820 variation which is often found with weakly strucked reverse (sunken die) just as my previous best example below.
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