Lundy HALF-PUFFIN (X#Tn1) 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.
- Diameter: 22.9 mm
- Composition: Bronze
- CAT#: X#Tn1