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I thought I'd share these two rare Corke tokens I recently purchased. These are overstruck on Penny tokens of William Ballard which are dated 1677. The counterstamps probably date to the Civil War period, circa 1689-91. What I found interesting is that they were struck using different dies, a feature I had never noticed before in the reference works, and one I don't recall ever reading about before. T11042 the letters of CORKE overlap and the lion's head is between the O and R, whereas T11043 the letters do not overlap and the lion's head is over the R. Traces of the Ballard undertype can be seen on T11042 above and to the right of the lion's hear, there are no apparent traces of the undertype on T11043.

For references see SCSI 6562B, footnote; DF 333; SCBI Norweb 6214; Nelson pg. 354, 3 or the Millenial Collection, lot 255.

Barry Murphy



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