Author Topic: S. Thomas & Prince and Mozambique coins in the first half of XIX ct.  (Read 5904 times)

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Offline Figleaf

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Re: S. Thomas & Prince and Mozambique coins in the first half of XIX ct.
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2015, 10:42:00 PM »
Here is the listing in Gomes (page 638, São Tomé e Príncipe.) Different numbers of pearls and other variants are known, but only your second coin is shown. I don't like the way the 2 in the date of the first coin is misaligned. These were struck in Lisbon, where they should have been able to do a better job. Gomes says diameter is 35 mm and weight should be 15.5 grams. Is that the case for both coins?

Peter
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Re: S. Thomas & Prince and Mozambique coins in the first half of XIX ct.
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2015, 11:27:06 PM »
The first coin (58 pearls; #06.02) seems to be an overstrike:
13.86 g
36.0 mm

Second coin (58 pearls; #06.02):
15.29 g
35.8 mm

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Re: S. Thomas & Prince and Mozambique coins in the first half of XIX ct.
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2015, 07:01:49 AM »
The more I look at your first coin, the more problems I see. See flowers flanking date and outside pearl border almost missing. I see a slightly ex-centric strike and a "leaky" collar. It looks like a master craftsman produced dies that were good enough to deceive for someone with a creaky old press.

Peter
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