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Danish West Indies (US Virgin Islands). Circulating counterfeit 1764 24 skillings in copper. Choice Very Fine.

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Danish West Indies (US Virgin Islands). Circulating counterfeit 1764 24 skillings in copper. Choice Very Fine.

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Danish West Indies (US Virgin Islands). Circulating counterfeit 1764 24 skillings in copper. Choice Very Fine. Reeded edge. Likely manufactured in Birmingham, the English city that developed large scale counterfeiting into a major industry. Originally conceived as a Danish West Indian competitor to the predominant two reales, the lower fineness (just .500 fine) of the DWI 24 shillings made them turn black quickly - and made these well made copper counterfeits blend in. This one has superb eye appeal, with hard glossy surfaces toned an ideal dark chocolate brown. A hint of the original silvering (really tinning) persists, especially around the royal monogram. A glass picks up some old harmless encrustation, but the fields and rims are free of marks. As if the connection to America via the word AMERICANSK in the legends (and the future status of the Danish West Indies as an American territory) didn't make these relevant enough, specimens of this denomination and the smaller 12 skilling have been recovered all over the eastern United States. There is also a connection via the 1783 Georgius Triumpho token: there exists an extremely rare muling of the obverse of the Georgius Triumpho with the obverse of a counterfeit DWI 24 skilling, though not the precise die seen here. I actively seek out the circulating counterfeits of the Danish West Indies, but very few indeed match this one's quality and eye appeal.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013014

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Danish West Indies (US Virgin Islands). Circulating counterfeit 1764 24 skillings in copper. Choice Very Fine. Reeded edge. Likely manufactured in Birmingham, the English city that developed large scale counterfeiting into a major industry. Originally conceived as a Danish West Indian competitor to the predominant two reales, the lower fineness (just .500 fine) of the DWI 24 shillings made them turn black quickly - and made these well made copper counterfeits blend in. This one has superb eye appeal, with hard glossy surfaces toned an ideal dark chocolate brown. A hint of the original silvering (really tinning) persists, especially around the royal monogram. A glass picks up some old harmless encrustation, but the fields and rims are free of marks. As if the connection to America via the word AMERICANSK in the legends (and the future status of the Danish West Indies as an American territory) didn't make these relevant enough, specimens of this denomination and the smaller 12 skilling have been recovered all over the eastern United States. There is also a connection via the 1783 Georgius Triumpho token: there exists an extremely rare muling of the obverse of the Georgius Triumpho with the obverse of a counterfeit DWI 24 skilling, though not the precise die seen here. I actively seek out the circulating counterfeits of the Danish West Indies, but very few indeed match this one's quality and eye appeal.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013014

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