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Monthly Archives: May 2016

PLUS ULTRA – Spanish Colonial coinage

When visiting the Alcazar in Granada last year, among the amazing tiles we were surprised to see the tile below, with an image so very familiar from Spanish and Spanish and Colonial coinage. According to Greek mythology Herkules built twin pillars on either side of the Straits of Gibraltar to mark the end of the known […]

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Mining checks, tallies and motties

Mining checks and tallies open our current auction, MB76 closing 15 June 2016.  We’re familiar with  with the lamp checks, brass holed discs with the colliery name and the miner’s unique number at that pit stamped on it.  The token would be handed into the Lamp Room when the miner collected his lamp.  It doubled both as a time check […]

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