Edward VI 'Southwark' Unique Overstrike Shilling 026741

Edward VI 'Southwark' Unique Overstrike Shilling 026741
Unpublished Edward VI 'Southwark' Unique Overstrike Shilling
Silver, 5.18 grams, 31.54 mm. Dated MDL (1550), second period, bust 5? Obverse: profile bust right with partly obscured [E]DWAR[D VI D]G AGL FRANC[ ]REX legend and 'Y?' mintmark for Southwark? mint with some letters of undertype visible (see image). Reverse: cross moline over arms with initials N and R at sides (should be E R for Edwardvs Rex) with partly obscured [TIM]OR[ ]DOMINE FON[( ] M D L legend; undertype of short voided cross with lis ends clearly showing through at centre (rotated at 45 degrees to shilling die strike, see image). The lis ended voided cross (sometimes floriate cross) is a reverse type device most often associated with the coins of France during this period. It is possible that the Edward VI shilling dies are those of a skilled contemporary forger (brass forgeries are well known in Ireland and other forgeries exist) as the incorrect initial N for E to the left side of the reverse arms is not known for any official die; Joe Bispham in his detailed study of the debased issues, The Base Shillings of Edward VI, BNJ 55, 1985, pages does not make any reference to a reverse die with this apparent error. S. 2466; N. 1918/2. Fine for issue. Unique, fascinating and important; further research needed and worthy of publication in a numismatic journal.
 
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