Lundy 1-PUFFIN (X#Tn2)
Lundy 1-PUFFIN (X#Tn2)

Lundy 1-PUFFIN (X#Tn2) Puffin

Lundy is the largest island in the Bristol Channel, lying one-third of the way from England to Wales. It was gifted to the Knights Templar in 1160, and has a long history of private ownership, piracy, and lawlessness.

In 1924, the island (and its mail contract) was purchased by Martin Coles Harman, who immediately proclaimed himself a king. In 1929, Harman minted his own coinage in the form of a penny and a half-penny.

This, of course, was illegal. Harman was prosecuted and found guilty in 1931. He was charged 5 pounds, plus fifteen guineas expenses, and forced to withdraw his coins from circulation.

Fantasy re-strikes of the coins were created in 1965, and others in 2011. Only the two original 1929 coins were actual circulating coins, although, they didn't circulate for long.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 29.2 mm
  • Composition: Bronze
  • CAT#: X#Tn2

Obverse Legend

MARTIN · COLES · HARMAN 1929

Reverse Legend

LUNDY · ONE · PUFFIN

Edge Legend

LUNDY LIGHTS AND LEADS

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