A type I counterfeit one-pound coin in a different alloy

This counterfeit was classed as type I based on its edge lettering. It was made of a brass alloy which would not be found commercially. The presumption must be that this alloy was specifically blended by the counterfeiter to reproduce the colour of a one-pound coin. This means that unlike the other's seen in this series, coin P17 did not need to be and was not coated.

Previously on this site the type I characteristics were described as:

"The main characteristic of this type is the large distance between the edge lettering words of DECUS and ET. A secondary identifier is the endings of the top elements of the cross finishing with "blobs" rather than crossed crosses."

 

COIN P17

This counterfeit had a 1997 obverse and a Scottish lion reverse. The correct match for the 1997 obverse should be the English three lions reverse. This demonstrated the coin was counterfeit and a mule. The alignment of the two sides was correct, as was the weight.

Obverse Reverse Edge Weight Diameter Edge Thickness Alignment
1997 Scotish lion DECUS ET TUTAMEN + 9.335g N/S 22.64mm
E/W 22.61mm
2.96-3.09mm correct

 

Edge Lettering distances

Identity A B C D E F G H I
Genuine 1997 1 coin 7.8mm 8.1mm 14.6mm 6.4mm 4.3mm 5.9mm 18.3mm 6.8mm 7.5mm
Coin P14 - - 12.1mm 14mm - - 17.1mm - -
Coin P17 - - 11.9mm 13.8mm - - 17.1mm - -

 

The images below compare the edge lettering of this counterfeit with counterfeit coin 14 which is considered to be of the same type.

Coin P14, photograph of the counterfeit's edge showing DECUS

Coin P14, illustrating the DECUS on the counterfeit's edge

Coin P17, showing the shape of the letters US in DECUS

Coin P17, illustrating the shape of the letters US of DECUS on the counterfeit's edge.

Coin P14, photograph of the counterfeit's edge showing ET

Coin P14, illustrating ET on the counterfeit's edge.

Coin P17, photograph of the ET on the counterfeit's edge

Coin P17, ET on the counterfeit's edge.

Coin P14, photograph of the MEN of TUTAMEN on the counterfeit's edge

Coin P14, the E of the TUTAMEN on the edge appeared set above the preceding M.

Coin P14, photograph of the MEN of TUTAMEN on the counterfeit's edge

Coin P17, the E of the TUTAMEN on the counterfeit's edge appears to have the same offset as P14.

Coin P14, photograph of the counterfeit's edge showing the cross

Coin P14, the cross on the counterfeit's edge ends in blobs rather than cross crosslets.

Coin P17, photograph of the cross on the counterfeit's edge

Coin P17, the cross has "blobs" very similar to P14.

A short further comment

The use of the same edge lettering across two alloys appears to show the counterfeiter developing and improving his [her?] manufacturing technique.

 

Copyright Robert Matthews 2006

Click the links to go to the one-pound counterfeit coin files home page, to go to Coin Information or to go to my Home page.

The one-pound counterfeit coin files

Coin Information

Home

This page was last updated in February 2006