Great Britain Copy of Spade Half Guinea

Copy of a Spade Half Guinea in brass(?) (originals are gold). A gaming token. Minted in Birmingham in 19th or 20th Century. Dated 1701.

Obverse

Copy of a 1787 gold Half Guinea

Lettering: GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA

Translation: “George III by the grace of God”

Reverse

Copy of a 1787 gold Half Guinea but with different, nonsense lettering.

1701 (Date not in the reign of George III, who had not even been born by that year)

Lettering: G.Y.I.ET.F.G.REX.S.UF.ST.DS.T.M.S.ET.

Translation:
G Y I ET F G [REX] SUF ST DS T M S ET[C.]
‘George Yorke Iliffe and Frederick Gardner, Suffolk Street
(Birmingham), diesinkers, tool makers, stampers, et cetera’

Edge

Reeded

Comments

A gaming token of unknown origin, imitating a George III half guinea, but with the false date “1701”.

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