Imitation & Evasion - Halfpenny

An imitation halfpenny, or ’evasion’, depicting a bust resembling George III, but with a false legend. Towards the end of the 18th century, a large proportion of the copper coinage in circulation was unofficial or counterfeit. To avoid severe penalties for forgery, the manufacturers of these 'coins' made use of false legends, in this case using SHAKES PEARE in place of GEORGIVS III REX, and RULE BRI TA NNIA in place of BRITAN NIA.

 State  England  Reign/Issue Authority  George III
 Denomination  Halfpenny  Classification  Evasion
 Mint   .  Moneyer  .
 Chronology  18th Century (dated 1771?)  Metal  Copper Alloy
 Weight  .  Diameter  27mm
 Obverse Description
Laureate bust left
 Obverse Inscription
SHAKESPEARE
 Reverse Description
Britannia seated left; date below
 Reverse Inscription
RULE BRITANNIA 177[1
 References
Seaby British Tokens and their Values, No.433
 Comments  .
 Land Type  .  County  London
 Discovery Date  02/04/2011  Site  Park

Imitation halfpenny, or ’evasion’, depicting Pope Clement XV. Towards the end of the 18th century, a large proportion of the copper coinage in circulation was unofficial or counterfeit. To avoid severe penalties for forgery, the manufacturers of these ’coins’ made use of false legends and designs, in this case naming and depicting Pope Clement XV instead of the king.

 State  United Kingdom  Reign/Issue Authority  .
 Denomination  Halfpenny  Classification  Evasion
 Mint   .  Moneyer  .
 Chronology  18th Century  Metal  Copper Alloy
 Weight  .  Diameter  27mm
 Obverse Description
Robed bust of Pope Clement XV left
 Obverse Inscription
CLEMENT XV PONT MAX
 Reverse Description
Four shields of arms, arranged as a cross
 Reverse Inscription
HINC NOSTRÆ CREVERE ROSÆ
 References
Seaby British Tokens and their Values, No. 59
 Comments  .
 Land Type  .  County  Kent
 Discovery Date  04/05/2012  Site  Pasture 2

 State  United Kingdom  Reign/Issue Authority  George III
 Denomination  Halfpenny  Classification  Contemporary forgery
 Mint   .  Moneyer  .
 Chronology  1770-1775  Metal  Copper alloy
 Weight  .  Diameter  27mm
 Obverse Description
Laureate bust of George III right
 Obverse Inscription
GEORGIVS III REX
 Reverse Description
Britannia seated left; date below
 Reverse Inscription
BRITANNIA; uncertain date in exergue
 References
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 Comments  .
 Land Type  .  County  Kent
 Discovery Date  04/05/2012  Site  Pasture 2

Imitation & Evasion - Sixpence

Dated Era Diameter Type Material Found
No George III 19mm Sixpence Copper Alloy London
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. Fake Sixpence 17/02/2016 Pasture 1

Imitation & Evasion - Shilling

Dated Era Diameter Type Material Found
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. Fake Shilling 17/07/2016 Pasture

Dated Era Diameter Type Material Found
1819 George III 24mm Shilling Copper Alloy Kent
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. Fake Shilling 01/01/2019 Arable 4

Imitation & Evasion - Halfcrown

Dated Era Diameter Type Material Found
1818 George III 32mm Half Crown Copper Alloy Kent
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. Fake Half Crown 01/01/2019 Arable 4

Dated Era Diameter Type Material Found
No George III 32mm Half Crown Silver/Copper Alloy Kent
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. Fake Half Crown 01/01/2019 Arable 4

Dated Era Diameter Type Material Found
No Victorian 33mm Half Crown Copper Alloy Kent
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. Fake Half Crown 30/03/2012 Pasture 2