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Started by mrbadexample, March 18, 2018, 06:42:31 PM

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hkfears

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hkfears

The reverse

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Another fine token, hkfears. I love it for what it is: unadulterated commercial opportunism. The two sides don't even belong together.

One side is taken from a pre-Napoleonic token used by metal forges from Wales in the 1790s, themselves advertising tokens that took flight when they were issued just at the right moment. Your token is fighting a hopeless rearguard action against banknotes (PURE COPPER PREFERABLE TO PAPER), just when the Bank of England found the right formula to handle paper money.

The other side is an imitation of post-Napoleonic heavy coppers privately struck on order of the steel mills around London 20 years later, filling in for the real thing. For a few short years, they were an alternative, until the Latin Monetary Union and the great recoinage set out to try new, more efficient types of money.

Still, these Channel island pieces are much more than tokens of base commercial greed. They are relics of their time we are privileged to hold in our hands, a testimony of the confusion of people fed with too much information and no way to judge the quality of the information. It does remind me of what's going on today. We shouldn't judge people with full hindsight. We should enjoy items like these, used in their daily life.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.