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Silver Piece x 100 – some thoughts on the value of art

How much is it worth? How do you value this piece? The sculptor and Jerwood Drawing Prize winner Juliet Haysom mused upon the way the medal is so closely linked to its transactional value by its material and tangentially to its artistic value.   Originally each medal was priced according to its weight, ranging from £133 […]

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Minting tokens and trials

In our latest token auction catalogue there are over 50 trials, tokens and medals relating to minting practice.  Most are related to the Birmingham Mint but there are a few from the Royal Mint  and from machinery manufacturers such as Taylor and Challen and Cincinatti Milacron HME presses. James Sweeny in his 1981 Numismatic History […]

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Contemporary forgeries: out to deceive

As the previous blog post notes, there have always been coin forgeries.  When putting together the latest weights auction (MB77 24 August 2016) Howard came across some curious contemporary forgeries, i.e. those made at the same time as the circulating coinage they imitate (lots 334-338). Basically there are three sorts Plating of gold on base […]

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Beating the cheats old-style: coin weights

By Howard Simmons Throughout history people have cheated; to make dealings fair it is a fundamental requisite for anyone in a position of power to maintain a good system of weights and measures. The battle between the cheat and the authorities has been going on for thousands of years. Coins have been the target of […]

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Varieties of Delmotte Netherlands 18th century coin weights

While looking at these Dutch coin weights in our next auction for weights and scales MB68, we realised that there are 4 distinct reverse dies used by Jacques Delmotte in Brussels in the 18th century, c.1770. All are on the theme of St Michael archangel holding a sword and shield, killing the Dragon. Type 1 […]

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Some of the earliest writings on Babylonian cuneiform clay tablets indicate that number and measurement of mass, length and volume were already in use at the time writing was being developed. This gives the practice of using artefacts to measure mass (weighing) a much longer history than that of coins. Priests and kings set up […]

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