Colonial America 1774 DOUBLE STRUCK Counterfeit British Farthing 1774 Counterfeit British Farthing, King George III Portrait, Extremely Fine, DOUBLE STRUCK. 50.2 grains. King George III portrait. The American Colonists were so desperate for coins that they would accept just about anything as long as it wasn't too grossly underweight. This created an opportunity for enterprising individuals (let's call them criminals) to strike underweight coppers that mimicked genuine British made coinage. This is one of those coins. They were struck overseas then shipped to the colonies. What is special about this coin is that it is boldly Double Struck, with the second strike occurring roughly fifty percent off-center. The reverse shows two, clear dates, which collectors really like and for which they pay a premium. As obvious and as special as this Error was, it circulated for awhile before being plucked by an eagle-eyed collector.
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Black History & Slavery: (Lots 1 - 63) Abraham Lincoln Related: (Lots 64 - 74) Historic Autographs: (Lots 75 - 235) Colonial America: (Lots 236 - 261) Revolutionary War: (Lots 262 - 304) George Washington Related: (Lots 305 - 306) Early American Guns & Weapons: (Lots 307 - 318)