SCOTLAND. Ayrshire 5Bis I. Co. William Fullarton. Bronzed white metal pattern halfcrown. 14.65 gm. 33.5 mm. W. J. Taylor restrike from dies by J. Milton. The restrikes show what appears to be a die break on the obverse rim at 7. (Harry Manville explained to me that the mark reflects government objection to how similar the design was to an actual currency issue so Taylor deliberately damaged the die to "conform" to the demand that the dies be defaced. AD). 1799. Bust of the Prince of Wales left; GEORGIVS . P . S . C . D . 1799; slightly defaced at bottom to conform to official concerns about private production of currency / British arms in a cruciform configuration; BR. L. PR. E REG. SC. PR ET. SEN COR. DUX. Stainton 31a. FDC; rare, a particularly scarce denomination in the Fullarton series.
Ex Davissons Auction 9 (9 October 1997) lot 435.
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