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I have a tubular hunk of metal and weighs 8.79 oz, appears to be gold or maybe brass. I did the magnet trick and the magnet did not stick to it. It has 5 punch marks on it. The top mark looks to be a crown over the letter "G" or maybe "C", the right mark is the letter "K", the bottom has the date of "1812", the left mark is "1/2 P", and the center mark looks to be a castle or Mediterranean palace. I have been unable to find any information on the piece from shops or online. I decided to post on here to see if someone might know something about it. The pictures are to large to upload but here is the link to see them. http://s1184.photobucket.com/albums/z334/andyfries/ also my email is fries_andy@yahoo.com. Thanks

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The Danish king at this time was Frederik IV.

 

Thanks for clearing that up! I'm not familiar with the Scandanavian countries, but remembered that some had a number of "Christian" Kings.

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Considering that a 'weight' can not increase but can lessen due to wear, your weight could have been originally 8.8 ounces, which is 1/2 a metric pound or a pond. Known also as a Amsterdam pound. It still could be English(George III) but used for weighing imported Dutch goods or even German, because in German the term is Pfund.

 

That would explain the 1/2 P & the crowned G. The date 1812 would probably mean 'Dutch goods' because of the Napoleonic wars.

 

One other possibility is the crowned G is for Guillelmus the Latin for William, William of Orange-Nassau Dutch Prince & so is a Dutch weight for the Amsterdam Pound.

 

My final guess is it could be from Hanover, being German the 'P' would be for Pfund & the British king, George III, was its ruler.

 

As for the 'K' it could just be a month date letter, so Oct. or Nov. depending if they used the letter 'J' yet.

 

Very interesting!

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The heraldic image for Antwerp matches your weight, What you described as "the center mark looks to be a castle or Mediterranean palace" image from probertencyclopaedia.com.

 

Arms%20of%20Antwerp.jpg

 

So I am pretty sure it is a '1/2 Antwerp Pound Weight' & therefore the crowned 'G' is for Guillelmus, the Latin for William, William of Orange-Nassau, who became William I of the Netherlands.

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A fantastically interesting piece and wonderful insight from Pat. Many thanks for sharing and please let us know the ultimate outcome.

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