Monday, April 13, 2009

1922 Pennies Contain Gold

The Canberra Times [Australia]
24 January 1935, p. 2


Brighton lately witnessed the final scenes of an amazing hoax. A rumour was started at East Grinstead, Sussex, that a Brighton bullion dealer was offering 2s for 1922 pennies because they contained a small percentage of gold.

Scores of people carrying bags and sacks laden with 1922 pennies arrived at Brighton, and tramped for hours in search of the dealer before they could be convinced that they had been hoaxed. One man, a farm labourer, had changed nearly £1 from his week's wages into 1922 pennies and carried them 20 miles in a sack to Brighton.