Coin Scale


New sovereign and half sovereign coins were introduced in Britain 1817, and by 1828, Samuel Harrison, of Birmingham, was advertising an “improved Sovereign Balance” designed to determine if a coin is counterfeit or not. The "Harrison" maker's mark on this example appears on the beam near the crown. The plates for the coins are marked "Sovereign Warranted" and "Sovereign ½." The scale is contained in a small box made of paper. A signature, in ink, reads "Robert Naisey Chemist Marlboro Westshire 1842."

Date Made: 19th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: EnglandAssociated Place: United Kingdom: England

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Credit Line: Miles Davis in memory of Audrey B. Davis, Ph.D.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2011.0240.36Accession Number: 2011.0240Catalog Number: 2011.0240.36

Object Name: coin scale

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1.2 cm x 9.5 cm x 2 cm; 15/32 in x 3 3/4 in x 25/32 inoverall in case: 7/8 in x 4 in x 1 1/16 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.69875 cm


Record Id: nmah_1464707

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