THE BRIDGES HOARD
The hoard was a group of 42 fake pound coins I had the opportunity to study before they were destroyed.
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.
Distinguishing features are the die clash evidence and the diagonal scratches under the arch.
These coins weigh 9.57 - 9.79g & have a diameter of 22.51 - 22.64mm.
Distinguishing features are the doubled (& rotated) die clash on the reverse field
and the partial doubling of Elizabeth on the obverse.
These coins weigh 9.60 - 9.76g & have a diameter of 22.51 - 22.62mm.
Distinguishing features are the unusual dot in the dead center of the obverse & the partial.
These coins weigh 9.61 - 9.77g & have a diameter of 22.64 - 22.76mm.
ALL COINS SHARED THE SAME MOTTO, WHICH WAS RATHER GOOD.
The red dots indicate an error in the photographs not in the pattern itself.
Luckily I managed to convince the management to let me keep one of each design for my collection.
I have since found a couple more examples, and some varieties as well !!
Notice the wood-ring marks in the center of these reverses !!
and notice these ones with clogged portions of the (thicker) motto, some have a peculiar dot on the queens ear.
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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