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Interesting 1769-dated Circulating Imitation Black Dogg, marked for Tobago

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Interesting 1769-dated Circulating Imitation Black Dogg, marked for Tobago

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SKU: 7017

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Tobago. (1798) black dogg / stamp on circulating imitation 1769 sou marque. Pridmore-4. Copper. Choice Very Fine. This coin presents itself as a French sol (aka sou marque) dated 1769 that was then stamped with a crowned C in 1779 for use in Cayenne, then in 1798 stamped with TB / o for circulation on the island of Tobago. In fact, the 1769 sou marque part of the design and the 1779 Cayenne part of the design were struck at the same time - in Birmingham, England. No genuine 1769 sou marques were ever struck, making this more properly an imitation rather than a true counterfeit. These pieces were struck from dies engraved with just half of the original design in an attempt to simulate wear, then shipped en masse to the West Indies during the second half of the 1790s. Struck on thin copper planchets, it was a profitable enterprise. This example shows fine chocolate brown color on smooth surfaces, with just some shallow dark scale on the reverse and within the intricacies of the deep TB / o stamp. The stamp is a bit off-center. Tobago countermarked black doggs have been recovered in Tidewater Virginia, and undoubtedly they circulated in other ports that saw steady intercourse with the West Indies as well.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7017

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Tobago. (1798) black dogg / stamp on circulating imitation 1769 sou marque. Pridmore-4. Copper. Choice Very Fine. This coin presents itself as a French sol (aka sou marque) dated 1769 that was then stamped with a crowned C in 1779 for use in Cayenne, then in 1798 stamped with TB / o for circulation on the island of Tobago. In fact, the 1769 sou marque part of the design and the 1779 Cayenne part of the design were struck at the same time - in Birmingham, England. No genuine 1769 sou marques were ever struck, making this more properly an imitation rather than a true counterfeit. These pieces were struck from dies engraved with just half of the original design in an attempt to simulate wear, then shipped en masse to the West Indies during the second half of the 1790s. Struck on thin copper planchets, it was a profitable enterprise. This example shows fine chocolate brown color on smooth surfaces, with just some shallow dark scale on the reverse and within the intricacies of the deep TB / o stamp. The stamp is a bit off-center. Tobago countermarked black doggs have been recovered in Tidewater Virginia, and undoubtedly they circulated in other ports that saw steady intercourse with the West Indies as well.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7017

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