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The Bridge Hoard

The bridge hoard was a group of 42 fake pound coins I had the opportunity to study before they were destroyed.


The Hoard Group

Notice there are no Gateshead Millennium Bridge coins here !!
The coins have a grainy (almost wood-like texture) and felt slimy
Although not picked up on the scans, the coins had a greeny looking film
They were (mostly) accepted by the machines in a local bookmakers
although some coins took a few attempts to be accepted
and some coins weren't accepted at all
There are telltale giveaways on each design that it came from the same dies.


Egyptian Arch

Distinguishing features are the die clash evidence and the diagonal scratches under the arch.


Egyptian Telltale Signs

These coins weigh 9.57 - 9.79g & have a diameter of 22.51 - 22.64mm.


Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 1 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 2 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 3 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 4 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 5 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 6 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 7 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 8 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 9 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 10 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 11 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 12 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 13 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 14 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 15 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 16 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 17 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 18 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 19 Egyptian Bridge Hoard Coin 20

Forth Bridge

Distinguishing features are the doubled (& rotated) die clash on the reverse field
and the partial doubling of Elizabeth on the obverse.


Forth Telltale Signs

hese coins weigh 9.60 - 9.76g & have a diameter of 22.51 - 22.62mm.


Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 1 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 2 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 3 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 4 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 5 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 6 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 7 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 8 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 9 Forth Bridge Hoard Coin 10

Menai Bridge

Distinguishing features are the unusual dot in the dead center of the obverse.


Menai Telltale Signs

These coins weigh 9.61 - 9.77g & have a diameter of 22.64 - 22.76mm.


Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 1 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 2 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 3 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 4 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 5 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 6 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 7 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 8 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 9 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 10 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 11 Menai Bridge Hoard Coin 12


All coins shared an identical motto, which was rather good.
The red dots in the image indicate an error in the photographs not in the pattern itself.


The Bridge Hoard Motto

Luckily I managed to convince the management to let me keep one of each design for my collection.


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I have since found a couple more examples, and some varieties as well !!
Notice the wood-ring marks in the center of these reverses !!


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and notice these ones with clogged portions of the (thicker) motto, some have a peculiar dot on the queens ear.


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Also, as of March 2016, Hoard coins of inferior quality have started showing up.
Just these two Menai Bridge ones so far, but the rest will follow, i'm sure !!


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