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Coins of Connaught
« on: September 10, 2008, 03:51:52 PM »
How many of you are aware that Connaught did issue a coin?

You can read about it here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coin_of_Connaught .

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Re: Coins of Connaught
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 09:30:59 PM »
A pity there is no image on that link.

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Re: Coins of Connaught
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 09:58:24 PM »
As far as I know, there is a contradiction between an authority issuing a coin and a contemporary counterfeit.

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Re: Coins of Connaught
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 01:44:36 AM »
Perhaps it was more of a local issue than a clandestine one, similarly to Conder tokens and notgeld.

I like how it had a harp mint mark.

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Re: Coins of Connaught
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2013, 03:45:09 AM »
Any connection of this Connaught with the Connaught Place in New Delhi, India?

As per Wiki, "It was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens' Delhi featuring a Central Business District. Named after H.R.H. Field Marshal The 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, "

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Re: Coins of Connaught
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2013, 09:45:34 AM »
Connaught (the English spelling) or Connacht (in Irish) is one of the four historic kingdoms of Ireland. The others are Munster, Leinster and Ulster.

Both the Norman Irish and later the British created dukedoms and other aristocratic titles based on these ancient divisions, and the holders of these titles gave their name from time to time to streets, buildings and areas that are completely unconnected to the original Connaught in Ireland. As you note from Wikipedia, Connaught Place in New Delhi is one such.

It is a peculiarity of the British aristocratic system that a holder of a given title need not have any particular connection to the place he's duke (or whatever) of. The Duke of Devonshire lives at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, about 500 km from Devon. The Duke of Westminster owns a lot of moorland in Lancashire and Westmorland, about the same distance from Westminster in London. So when you get streets called "Devonshire Street" in cities that are miles away from Devon and don't appear to lead there, they are probably named after the people holding the title, not the place.