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1779 George Reigns / Batersea evasion halfpenny. Atkins-140. Choice About Uncirculated.

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1779 George Reigns / Batersea evasion halfpenny. Atkins-140. Choice About Uncirculated.

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1779 George Reigns / Batersea evasion halfpenny. Atkins-140. Choice About Uncirculated. An uncommonly high grade Evasion, revealing just how much detail was present on these clever counterfeits when issued (in short: not much). The fragile raised die finish lines are still visible in the fields on both sides, and little (no?) actual wear is apparent. The surfaces are choice chocolate brown, glossy and somewhat frosty, with some hairlines visible under magnification. A natural planchet low spot is present under the bust on the obverse. This particular variety is especially interesting for its Revolutionary War date, giving it some added interest for American collectors. While evasion halfpennies like this were produced in England for English circulation, I have no doubt some made it to America alongside other coppers of the era. This one, with legends that very closely echo the legal ones (GEORGIVS III REX / BRITANNIA), clearly reveals how the evasionary tactics of these sort of not-quite counterfeits worked. Listed in James Conder's original reference as Battersea 6.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 000097

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1779 George Reigns / Batersea evasion halfpenny. Atkins-140. Choice About Uncirculated. An uncommonly high grade Evasion, revealing just how much detail was present on these clever counterfeits when issued (in short: not much). The fragile raised die finish lines are still visible in the fields on both sides, and little (no?) actual wear is apparent. The surfaces are choice chocolate brown, glossy and somewhat frosty, with some hairlines visible under magnification. A natural planchet low spot is present under the bust on the obverse. This particular variety is especially interesting for its Revolutionary War date, giving it some added interest for American collectors. While evasion halfpennies like this were produced in England for English circulation, I have no doubt some made it to America alongside other coppers of the era. This one, with legends that very closely echo the legal ones (GEORGIVS III REX / BRITANNIA), clearly reveals how the evasionary tactics of these sort of not-quite counterfeits worked. Listed in James Conder's original reference as Battersea 6.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 000097

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