Diagonal reeded edge coins

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Diagonal reeded edge coins

Post by Zyrbalax » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:45 pm

Hi all,

Not sure if this is the right place as I’m not asking for a specific ID...

Anyway. Yesterday I found a halfpenny in my back garden. Both sides totally blank, looks copper rather than bronze so I’m guessing Georgian.

But I noticed it did have diagonal/slanted reeding on the edge, so I did some searching to see what I could find about reeding. The obvious stuff came out - introduced as a counter to clipping - and also a brief reference suggesting that apart from some “early experiments with diagonal reeding” vertical reeding is more “normal”.

So... does anyone know when diagonal reeding was used on coins? Or any helpful reference sites on the subject?

Many thanks!

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Re: Diagonal reeded edge coins

Post by fred » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:06 am

The only official UK copper coins with reeding that I can recall are the 1799 halfpenny and the 1806 and 7 halfpenny. The former should be about 30mm diameter and the latter about 27mm but the measurements can vary a little. ::g
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Re: Diagonal reeded edge coins

Post by Machinist » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:12 am

Many of the copper tokens issued 1811-1820 had a diagonal reeded edge as well.

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Re: Diagonal reeded edge coins

Post by Zyrbalax » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:44 am

Thanks Fred and Ray, so either way George III it is!

This one has a diameter of 26mm so probably 1806/7 1/2d or slightly later 1/2d token - but more generally a potentially useful identifier to have in the toolkit :)

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Re: Diagonal reeded edge coins

Post by stevechelt » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:43 pm

I think some late 18th century copper halfpenny tokens also had diagonal reeding. But at 26mm that is slightly small for those and also too small for 1806/7.
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Re: Diagonal reeded edge coins

Post by fred » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:32 pm

stevechelt wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:43 pm
I think some late 18th century copper halfpenny tokens also had diagonal reeding. But at 26mm that is slightly small for those and also too small for 1806/7.
I usually find that 26mm as the absolute minimum for a very slick 1806/7. By that I mean one that is so abraded that it's being identified by the reeding alone. :D
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