Colonial America 1774 DOUBLE STRUCK Counterfeit British Halfpenny 1774 Counterfeit British Halfpenny, King George III Portrait, Choice Extremely Fine, DOUBLE STRUCK. 105.3 grains. 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 either overseas (and then shipped to the colonies) or in private mints on American soil (Machin's Mill and Blacksmith tokens among them). What is special about this piece is that it is boldly Double Struck, with the second strike occurring roughly eighty percent off-center. The "4" of the date barely made it onto the coin on the second strike, and that normally adds a premium. As obvious and as special as this Error was, it circulated for awhile before being plucked out of pocket-change at some point 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)