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Offline chrisild

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Defacing an old penny
« on: March 06, 2018, 09:21:08 AM »
Digging up an old topic ...

As a (non-German) example of political graffiti on coins, this example may interest you, a UK penny defaced with the words VOTES FOR WOMEN across the king's head, which featured in the BBC Radio 4 series 'The history of the world in 100 objects'.

... I recently saw this episode from the British Museum's interesting "Curator's Corner" series. In the video, curator Tom Hockenhull not only explains some of the background but also makes one of these defaced coins himself. Hmm, how many did he produce, I wonder. ;)  Anyway here is "Defacing coins like a suffragette".


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Re: Defacing an old penny
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 09:37:45 PM »
I have a problem with his description "engraving" ??? as this is in fact a counter-stamp or counter-rmark. BM staff should know better.  ::)

BTW Australia had introduced voting rights for women at a much earlier date. Wikipedia however it was not until 1962, the Menzies Government (19491966) amended the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to enable all Indigenous Australians to enrol to vote in Australian federal elections.
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