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Tower of London Mint Mark
« on: March 19, 2020, 07:03:07 AM »
These four coins were on eBay with a description Church tokens, this was enough for people not to even look at the lot, it became mine for just 99p! Minimal postage too as I had bought three lots.

See this topic on the Royal Mint website. Blank reverses.
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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2020, 08:40:05 AM »
Very nice purchase, congrats!

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2020, 09:16:19 AM »
Surprising, how often it pays to know your stuff. Congratulations, malj1!

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2020, 12:32:59 PM »
Mega bargin!test/ trial pieces by RM.


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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2020, 02:45:20 PM »
I was just going to ask - what is the purpose of these? Are they tests/trials for specific currencies? Such as East/West Africa 5 and 10 cents, Guernsey 3d, standard 6d? (Depending on the dimensions of course)

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2020, 08:38:19 PM »
Possibly the holed ones are for Nigeria 1959 halfpenny and penny. The latter two - Ghana 1958 6d and 3d.

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2020, 10:41:24 PM »
Nigeria 1d and ½d is probably correct as these correspond with the measurements of the two bronze holed coins 28mm and 21.6mm.

The scalloped piece is 20.6mm this corresponds with the Guernsey 3d.

The last piece is 17.8mm with a reeded edge. I have yet to sort this one.
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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2020, 10:22:52 AM »
Nigeria 1d and ½d is probably correct as these correspond with the measurements of the two bronze holed coins 28mm and 21.6mm.

The scalloped piece is 20.6mm this corresponds with the Guernsey 3d.

The last piece is 17.8mm with a reeded edge. I have yet to sort this one.

I would suggest that the round piece is a Nigerian six pence as this was smaller than the UK version? (Copper-nickel, 2.50 g, 17.50 mm according to Numista)

What do others think?
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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2020, 10:32:42 AM »
The prewar Straits Settlements 10c (the silver one) was 17.9mm. But the cupronickel one issued by the Commissioners of Currency and later Malaya and British Borneo is standard sixpence sized.

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2020, 10:34:43 AM »
Another possibility: the Irish 3d was 17.7mm by my reckoning. This was also in the right metal at the right time for the other pieces we've been discussing, i.e. post-WW2, which the Straits 10c isn't.

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2020, 10:51:34 AM »
The Nigerian 6d for 1959 had a reeded edge and measures 17.8mm on this site (Numista have the incorrect size)

The Irish 3d has a smooth edge.
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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2020, 11:16:22 AM »
Yes, good point on the Irish 3d.

My Nigeria 6d is 17.7mm, 2.5g.

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Re: Tower of London Mint Mark
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2020, 07:18:12 AM »
Yes this test piece weighs 2.5g too so it does appear its intended for the Nigeria 6d
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