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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 9, February 25, 2001, Article 12


This week's featured web site is a maker of medals and reproduction coins, The Bigbury Mint in South Devon, England.

"To satisfy the needs of Living History Groups, collectors and retailers, the Bigbury Mint produce a range of semi - replica hammered coins that really do look and feel authentic.

Weights, alloys and fineness are kept close to the original remedies and coins can be supplied as new or in a gently toned and aged condition. Original coins are carefully analysed to determine engraving techniques and over years experience is used to re-create the dies in fine detail.

The Bigbury Mint acts as a real period Mint with it’s own mintmark, issuing coins under it’s own name.

There has long been a conflict of interests over those who supply this type of coin with some wanting absolute replication and with others worried about the whole idea of copies.

The Bigbury Mint offers a reasonable compromise. Apart from using our own mintmark we will normally alter the reverse legend to include an appropriate version of the word ‘Bigbury’.

An example of each of our replica coins are held at the British Museum for reference."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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