Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Brittania

This coin is a copper twopence dated 1797 and weighs about 2 ounces. The diameter is about 40mm or 1 9/16". The reverse features Brittania and because of the rim and weight the coin was known as a Cartwheel.
Either side of the hole is the initials HC and EA, the coin would have most likely been holed, initialed and hammered into a keel of a boat behind the mast as a good luck talisman. On the obverse is a mark where the coin had been levered off. A fine maritime artefact I beleive.

4 comments:

Little Weed said...
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Little Weed said...

It's a shame we have to lose Britannia from our coins

Matt B said...

little weed, We could hold on to it if enough fuss were made.

Tony Beachcomber said...

The royal mint does produce a two pound bullion coin called the Brittania. It is Brittania grade silver .985 and does feature modern brittania designs.