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Offline Figleaf

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S & T Jersey token
« on: June 02, 2009, 09:24:37 PM »
The discussion on Guernsey coins inspired me to show you this piece, one of only two tokens from the Channel Islands I have (the other one is the 3 shillings piece of the same series). While Channel Island coins are offered, you very seldom see Channel Island tokens offered.

If this piece looks like an official coin, that's no coincidence. It was engraved by Thomas Wyon, Chief Engraver of the Tower Mint (1815-1817) and struck by order of Council.

Note the similarity of the arms to those used on Guernsey coins. Except for the period 933 to 1066, when they belonged to the Duchy of Normandy, both Islands have always been "British" or "English" (though they were occupied a few times in the hundred years war and in the second world war). However, coming from the Duchy of Normandy, they were a personal fief of the early kings of England, which explains to some extent the heraldry, but also the special status they still have.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 12:41:02 AM »
Peter,
  That's a very nice 18d. (or 1/6) that you have got there.Unlike you,I have the Jersey 3/-,which cost me NZ$150 back in 2002.The 18d. still eludes me.

I have a couple of damaged examples of the British 1/6 tokens,but the British 3/- has proved to be extremely elusive.

Aidan.

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 03:41:27 AM »
These must be fairly rare, Seaby's 1970 book on British Tokens lists it at 20 GBP, it is a Dalton #3 for attribution purposes.

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 03:58:47 AM »
Bruce,
  They are rare,no matter what the grade is.

What does the latest edition of the 19th. Century Krause catalogue put on them?

The rarest of all the Channel Islands' currency tokens is the Guernsey 1809 5/- one,which has a known figure of 20 coins.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 03:17:09 AM »
My copy of Standard Catalogue of Coins 1801 - 1900 [2001 issue] lists it from $40 in Fine, $80 in VF, $200 in XF, Unc $350 and Proof $500

Bruce