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Online Henk

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Quarter Anna with A.P.White counterstamp
« on: May 04, 2021, 02:56:23 PM »
An Indian coin with a counterstamp is unusual. As it is the same size as a Half-penny it could have been used in the UK (or Australia etc.)

Quarter Anna Queen Victoria date 1882
Overse Counterstamped with: A.P.WHITE (single punch)
Reversw Counterstamped with 1 7 7 8 (loose punches)

As White is a common name attribution will be a challenge. Any ideas?

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Re: Quarter Anna with A.P.White counterstamp
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 06:11:21 PM »
I can't find anyone particularly famous (i.e. with their own Wikipedia entry) called A.P. White. I also can't find any event, related to an A.P. White or to India, in 1778. Most Western-centric events that are deemed important enough to feature in lists of what happened in 1778 revolve around the American Revolution, which is unlikely to be relevant to India. But the French did enter the war on the revolutionaries' side in 1778, and any war between the French and British would have had the potential to be fought anywhere the two countries had a military presence, which includes India.

Complete speculation - some skirmish or battle took place between the British and the French in 1778 on the territory of what was by 1882 British India, and involved a British combatant called A.P. White. Perhaps he distinguished himself in the battle, or was a commander, or died there.

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Re: Quarter Anna with A.P.White counterstamp
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 08:03:20 PM »
How come the counter strike predates the issue of the coin by 104 years?

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Re: Quarter Anna with A.P.White counterstamp
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2021, 12:28:04 AM »
The date, if it is a date, doesn't have the same size or style punches. The name is from a prepared punch while the numbers are individually applied. The two may not be related having been struck by different people at different times.

Nothing in Brunk on this one, but he lists an A.White but supplies no image.

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