íSir Bevoisí Imitation Halfpenny
Finder County Date Recorded
Hidden BEDFORDSHIRE Sat October 4, 2008
Recorded By Views Validated by
Hidden 1619 Rod Blunt
Material Size (mm) Issue date
Copper 27.5mm Late 18th century

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Description: Imitation halfpenny, or íevasioní, depicting Sir Bevois, the mythical founder of Southampton.


Towards the end of the 18th century, a large proportion of the copper coinage in circulation was unofficial or counterfeit. To avoid severe penalties for forgery, the manufacturers of these ícoinsí made use of false designs and legends.
Keywords: íSir Bevoisí Imitation Halfpenny
State: England Reign/Issue Authority: George III
Denomination: Halfpenny Classification:
Mint: Moneyer:
Issue Date: Late 18th century Metal: Copper
Weight (grams): 5.2g Diameter (mm): 27.5mm
Obverse Description: Helmeted bust of Sir Bevois right. Obverse Legend: SR BEVOIS SOUTHAMPTON
Reverse Description: Crowned harp. Reverse Legend: NORTH WALES
References: James Atkins, The Tradesmen's Tokens of the Eighteenth Century, No.435. Comments:
Findspot: Near Biggleswade County: BEDFORDSHIRE
Recorded elsewhere: No Finder: Hidden
Metal Detector Used: Minelab Explorer SE Validated By: Rod Blunt


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