Great Britain 1848 Model Crown - Bimetallic?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Collect89, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    I’ve always been a fan of the Great Britain bi-metal Model Penny so it was no surprise when this coin spoke to me. Have you seen one of these before? Does it speak to you too? Let’s post some bi-metal coins of the World. :):)

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    Great Britain 1848 Model Crown. This coin was designed in Birmingham by Joseph Moore as a proposal for a lightweight non-precious metal coinage. It was minted by Hyam Hyams, a London Goldsmith (as well as a watch & clock maker and moneychanger). It is 26.5mm and weighs 8 Grams. The type did circulate as evidenced by the circulated examples occasionally seen for sale. This one got an MS62 from PCGS.

    The Obverse depicts a left facing young bust of Queen Victoria surrounded by wreath of rose, shamrock, and thistle. The obverse states “Victoria Queen of Great Britain” & the date (in Roman Numerals). The Reverse bears the four shields of the United Kingdom encircled by the Garter with "Model Crown" above and “H. Hyams” below. This is a nice flashy Uncirculated example with attractive light toning highlights on the Silvering.
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    Please post some of your favorite Bi-metalic coins. One of my favorites is Canada’s polar bear but I could never get a good photograph of mine.
    Please post ‘em if you got ‘em.
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  3. Mkman123

    Mkman123 Well-Known Member

    never seen this or heard of this, but its very interesting!!
  4. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I believe this is X# 9c. Copper, Plated white metal, 21mm.
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  5. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    Neat! Is “model” just 19th century British-speak for “pattern,” or is there some additional meaning to it? How rare are these, and what’s a good way to study and buy them?
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That's neat. I have a model penny but never seen a model crown.
  7. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    This is a very hard coin to photograph. All that reverse proof stuff.
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  9. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    @alurid - Thanks for posting my favorite Model Penny the great polar bear. Also, the great web links are appreciated. I'll tell you, the Model Crown was not listed in any of my Great Britain & UK books including my Great Britain token books. I eventually found it listed in this 1897 Spink publication. DE16278F-EA1C-4F60-B6E0-6CAEC9003824.jpeg

    At that time, Spink & Son's listed it at about 15 pounds in FDC.

    Let's see everyone's favorite bimetal coins. :)
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2020
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  10. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    The Model Coins are listed in the Catalog of Unusual World Coins.
    This is where the X# 24 designation is from I believe.
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I've had some, including that type, I believe, but in nothing like that kind of quality.

    Nice. I found it interesting enough to go pull up your TrueView.

    Now I want another one.

  12. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

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    I initially had trouble deciphering the date. The Roman numerals displayed in Gothic text really perplexed my feeble brain.

    Here it is in Arial font: MDCCCXLVIII.
  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    The Gothic texts do take some getting used to.
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