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Mr Kurtz

Decent mornings detecting :)

Decent mornings detecting :)
Mr Kurtz, Sep 6, 2016
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    • Rew
      Both made in London.
    • SuchMuch
      What do 3 dots mean?
    • Rew
      A good question SuchMuch and one I can't answer. But you have now got me intrigued, as they do appear on a lot of English hammered coins.
      Its now a new mission for me to find out.
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    • Spike38
      Just found this online regards the pellets

      Many thanks to Rod Blunt over on UKDFD for the following explanation..

      The dies for earlier (Saxon) coins were mostly engraved, but the increasing demand for currency resulting from the growth of the monetary economy required that vastly greater numbers of coins were produced. Consequently, dies had to be produced far more quickly and in far greater numbers. The solution adopted was to replace the engraving process with the far more efficient (but artistically inferior) process of creating the dies using a small range of simple punches (known as 'irons' at the time). The range consisted mainly of simple designs, such as pellets, annulets, crescents, bars, and triangles. This simple kit was used to produce the king's portrait, all the letters and the reverse design. The reason for the three or four pellets in the quadrants of the reverse cross is simply that it was a relatively pleasing design, which could be accomplished with the limited range of punches. The same pellet punches were also often used for the king's crown, etc. With the new coinage of 1279, more sophisticated punches were used to make the dies, including complete punches for the face, crown, hair and each letter. The same principle of punching, rather than engraving the dies, however, continued.

      Spike
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