Coin Scale

Coin Scale

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Description
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."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin scale
date made
19th century
place made
United Kingdom: England
Associated Place
United Kingdom: England
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 in
overall in case: 7/8 in x 4 in x 1 1/16 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.69875 cm
ID Number
2011.0240.36
accession number
2011.0240
catalog number
2011.0240.36
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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