Ok, I have in my hand slightly weathered metal object.
The size/shape of a coin but alot thicker and bulbous, about one inch in diameter, with a little wire loop coming out off the top (looks like it’s meant to be attached to a chain or something). It is relatively heavy somewhere between 1oz and 2oz on my postal scale. It has a slit along the perimiter, suggesting it might be designed to be opened, or might be just a manufacturing seam.
Here comes the interesting part, the imprint on both sides is the two sides of the british Elizabeth II Half-Crown 1962 coin.
What is this? Why was it made? Where can I find out more about it?
P.S. If I don’t get any replies in a couple days I’ll take some pictures and post them.
I don’t think it’s meant to be opened. I don’t see the hinge a locket would have. It’s probably hollow inside to keep the weight down, which may indicate that it was originally designed as a necklace. If it’s solid, and heavy, then I’d go with the fob theory.
If it were a locket, it would have a place to open. It looks as if someone took two coins and managed to reshape and join them all around somehow. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I think it’s lovely.
This is way obvious, but have you tried to ‘unscrew it’ at the seam? Because my first guess would be that it is a slightly ornamental way to carry around some pills you want to have handy, whether nitroglycerin or artificial sweetener.