An unusual coin of the siege of Newark is examined in an article in the July issue of British Coin News by my friend Larry Korchnak, author of Siege Coins of the World 1453-1902 . Here's an image of the coin and a couple introductory paragraphs.
The fact that silver service was used to strike Newark siege
coins can be seen on some coins by the hallmarks and traces
of designs from the original silver plate. Others were struck
on planchets that were produced by melting the silver service
into sheets and cutting the sheets into the desired shape and
Much has been written about the emergency conditions
associated with minting siege coins. Time, materials, and
the absence of skilled die makers contributed to their crude
appearance. Coins were misspelled, soft struck, off center, and
double struck. Yet, despite these issues, the obsidional coins
of the English Civil War were minted close to the English
standard, guaranteeing their acceptance by the garrison and
local citizenry in payment for goods and services. Given the
adherence to standard, is it possible that one of these siege
coins was struck on the wrong planchet?
To read the complete article, see:
NEW BOOK: SIEGE COINS OF THE WORLD 1453-1902
Wayne Homren, Editor
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