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Last Modified:  12/25/2021
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Slot: Buckinghamshire Amersham DH 2a
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1797 G.BRIT D&h-2a BUCKINGHAMSHIRE-AMERSHAM E: ENGRAILED >>> Buckinghamshire DH 2a
Grade: NGC MS 66 RB
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Buckinghamshire Amersham DH 2a - Diesinker: Unknown, Manufacturer: Paul Skidmore. Obverse: A guitar, trumpet, and music book, intertwined with floral sprays AMERSHAM . TOKEN . 1797 . Reverse: An inscription A . SPEEDY. AND. LASTING PEACE. in four lines within crossed palm and laurel branches. Edge: Engrailed.
A specious token struck for sale to collectors by Paul Skidmore.
Slot: Buckinghamshire Slough DH 22
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1794 G.BRIT D&h-22 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - SLOUGH E: PLAIN Buckinghamshire DH 22
Grade: NGC MS 65 BN
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Owner Comments
Buckinghamshire Slough DH #22 - Diesinker: W. J. Taylor, Manufacturer: W. J. Taylor, Issurer: William Till. Obverse: the Shield and Arms of the family Till, W. TILL, WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT 1794. Reverse: lion rampant to left standing in a field, HALFPENNY TOKEN SLOUGH BUCKS RED LION INN. Edge: Plain.
William Till (died April 1844), coin dealer at 17 Great Russell Street, Covent Garden, London. The Slough tokens made for him by W. J. Taylor, c.1839, commemorate his father, also William, who was a wine and spirit merchant and the proprietor of the Red Lion Inn, formerly located on the north side of the Great West Road near the corner of Stoke Poges Lane, now the Brunel bus station in Slough.
Slot: Cheshire Macclesfield DH 24
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - CHESHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1790 G.BRIT D&h-24 CHESHIRE - MACCLESFIELD E:PAYABLE AT MACCLESFIELD Cheshire DH 24
Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
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Owner Comments
Cheshire Macclesfield DH #24 - Diesinker: John G. Hancock Sr. Manufacturer: John G. Hancock Sr. Issurer: Roe & Co./Macclesfield Copper Co. Obverse: Bust of Charles Roe facing right CHARLES ROE ESTABLISHED THE COPPER WORKS 1758. Reverse: Genius seated facing left and holding a drill with a worm in her right hand and a cogwheel with six spokes in her left hand. MACCLESFIELD HALFPENNY. Ex: 1790 Edge: PAYABLE AT MACCLESFIELD LIVERPOOL OR CONGLETON . X .
Charles Row was born in Castleton, Derbyshire in 1714 and went to Macclesfield in 1740 where he erected the first silk mill there. Later he became a partner in several copper mines, the famous Anglesey Mines were first worked successfully under his direction. Charles Roe died on May 3rd, 1781. His firm continued as Roe and Co. and issued their first token in 1789.
Slot: Cornwall Penryn DH 4
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - CORNWALL
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1794 G.BRIT D&h-4 CORNWALL - PENRYN E: PLAIN Cornwall DH 4
Grade: NGC MS 62 BN
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Cornwall Penryn DH #4 - Diesinker: Noel-Alexandre Ponthon Manufacturer: Matthew Boulton Issurer: George Chapman George Obverse: The Arms and Supporters of Lord de Dunstanville surmounted by a Baron's coronet. PRO REGE ET POPULO on a ribbon above. Ex: LORD DE DUNSTANVILLE COLONEL in two lines. Reverse: The Arms of Penryn, a laureated bust upon an antique shield, surmounted by a plumed helmet, surrounded by military trophies, PENRYN VOLUNTEERS on a ribbon above. Ex: FIRST INROLLED | APRIL 3. 1794. Edge: Plain
George Chapman George was a captain in the Penryn Volunteers. His halfpence was struck at Matthew Boulton's works in 1796 and shipped to him in August of the year. The obverse bears the arms of Francis Basset, Baron de Dunstanville (1758-1835), Colonel-in-Chief of the Penryn Volunteers, which was founded in April 1794. Francis Basset was made baronet on 24 November 1779 and served as the MP for Penryn, 1780-96 and was created Baron de Dunstanville on 17 June 1796. Mining magnate and liberal patron of the fine arts.
Slot: Derbyshire Buxton DH 3
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - DERBYSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1796 G.BRIT D&h-3 DERBYSHIRE - BUXTON E: BUXTON TOKEN Derbyshire DH 3
Grade: NGC MS 65 BN
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Owner Comments
Derbyshire Buxton DH #3 - Diesinker Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson, Issurer: Rev. William Robert Hay, Thomas Tomlinson, and William Orme. Obverse: A fine Georgian Crescent building. Ex: CRESCENT with 1796 below. Reverse: The shield of Arms, Supporters, Crest, and Motto of the Duke of Devonshire without the helmet. Edge: BUXTON TOKEN, the rest engrailed.
Reverend William Robert Hay (1761-1839), a coin collector and barrister practising on the Northern Circuit, lived at Dukinfield, near Manchester; he was ordained into the priesthood in 1798 and later bacame a magistrate. Thomas Tomlinson, surgeon, Brazenose Street, Manchester; William Orme, a drawing master of Ardwick, Manchester.
The obverse of the token depicts the three-story crescent at Buxton, designed by the York architect John Carr for the Duke of Devonshire and erected in 1785 at a cost of £120,000. It consisted of two hotels, a library, newsroom, baths, piazzas, shops and private residences.
About 200 tokens struck.
Slot: Dorsetshire Blandford DH 1
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - DORSETSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1798 G.BRIT D&h-1 DORSETSHIRE - BLANDFORD E: MILLED \\\ Dorsetshire DH 1
Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
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Dorsetshire Blandford DH #1 - Diesinker: Benjamin Jacobs, Manufacturer: Paul Skidmore, Issurer: William Sanger. Obverse: A pair of scales hanging above a shop counter upon which sits two sugar cones, two tea canisters inscribed 5 and 4 and three weights W. SANGER . TEA-DEALER. surrounding. Reverse: PRO BONO PUBLICO. in two lines between two crossed palm branches with a small ornament above BLANFORD . HALFPENNY . 1798 surrounding. Edge: Diagonally milled.
Likely a specious token struck for sale to collectors by Paul Skidmore.
Slot: Dorsetshire Poole DH 3
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - DORSETSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1797 G.BRIT D&h-3 DORSETSHIRE - POOLE E: ENGRAILED Dorsetshire DH 3
Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
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Dorsetshire Poole DH #3 - Diesinker: Unknown, Manufacturer: Paul Skidmore, Issurer: Richard Allen. Obverse: the Crest and Motto of the Prince of Wales in a circle, an oval with 75 underneath R. ALLEN . IRONMONGER . POOLE 1797 Reverse: POOLE HALFPENNY PAYABLE . IN DORSETSHIRE AND . DEVON 1797 in six lines. Edge: Engrailed.
Richard Allen was an ironmonger in Poole. The token is most likely a specious token issued by Skidmore for sale to contemporary collectors. However, the 'plumes over 75' is an interesting design and has a specific relevance to Poole which gives credence to the possibility that it may have been made for a Poole Lodge or Society.
The 75 probably refers to the political struggle beginning with the Petition of Rights which the citizens of Poole brought for hearing in 1775. Following its rejection by vote the men of Poole contended that the right of voting should be defined on the basis of 'inhabitant householders' and the question was debated again and again. By the date of the issue of this token the matter had still not been resolved and was arousing continued controversy.
Slot: Dorsetshire Plymouth DH 6
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - DEVONSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1796 G.BRIT D&h-6 DEVONSHIRE - PLYMOUTH E: PAYABLE AT SHEPHEARD Devonshire DH 6
Grade: NGC MS 65 BN
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Owner Comments
Devonshire Plymouth DH #6 - Diesinker: Arnold, Manufacturer: William Lutwyche, Issurer: Shepheard, Dove, Hammett & Co. Obverse: a woman sitting on a stool spinning at a wheel SAIL CANVAS MANUFACTORY Ex:1796 Reverse: A man sitting at a loom weaving PLYMOUTH above and HALFPENNY below. Edge: PAYABLE AT SHEPHEARD DOVE HAMMETT & CO . X X .
Benjamin Shepheard was a mercer/lined draper, William Dove was a tanner and Miles Hammett a hemp and flax manufacturer. The company was formed by 8 local businessmen to provide work for indigent people as well as a source of cloth material for clothing poor children.
Slot: Durham South Shields DH 4
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - DURHAM
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P 1794 G.BRIT D&h-4 DURHAM - SOUTH SHIELDS E:PAYABLE AT SOUTH SHIELD Durham DH 4
Grade: NGC MS 65 BN
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Owner Comments
Durham South Shields DH #4 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: a figure of Faith standing, holding a book in her left hand SOUTH SHIELDS HALFPENNY. 1794. Reverse: a three-masted barque SUCCESS TO THE COAL TRADE Edge: PAYABLE AT SOUTH SHIELDS AND LONDON . X X .
South Shields is a seaport at the mouth of the river Tyne, famous for its salt works and coal trade. The issurer is unknown.
Slot: Essex Hornchurch DH 33
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - ESSEX
Design Description:
Item Description: 1/2P (1790'S)G.B. D&h-33 ESSEX - HORNCHURCH E: PLAIN Essex DH 33
Grade: NGC MS 64 RB
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Owner Comments
Essex Hornchurch DH #33 - Diesinker: Noel-Alexandre Ponthon, Manufacturer: Matthew Boulton; Issurer: George Cotton. Obverse: a bust of King Edward IV facing right, robed, crowned and holding a sceptre EDWARD IV . GRANTED THE CHARTER A.D. 1465. Reverse: the Arms and Crest of Hornchurch. Inscribed on the shield LIBERTY OF HAVERING ATTE BOWER. A rose under the shield HORNCHURCH ROMFORD AND HAVERING Edge: Plain.
George Cotton lived in Romford and ordered the Hornchurch tokens from Matthew Boulton in 1795 - 63 specimens (Proofs) were supplied as part of the order.
Slot: Gloucestershire Gloucester DH 1
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE G. BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE Gloucester 1797
Design Description:
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-1 GLOUCESTERSHIRE E: PLAIN Gloucestershire DH 1
Grade: NGC MS 62 BN
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Owner Comments
Gloucestershire Gloucester DH #1 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: a view of Gloucester Cathedral GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL Ex: FIRST BUILT 1061. Reverse: the Arms of the Borough of Gloucester surmounted by a Cap of Maintenance with CITY TOKEN at the sides of the shield and P. KEMPSON FECIT alongside. Edge: Plain.
The formal name of the Cathedral is the Cathedral of St. Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, the Gloucester Cathedral was first built in 1061 and re-established by Henry VIII in 1541. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to St. Peter.
One of the Gloucester building tokens made for collectors by Peter Kempson.
Slot: Gloucestershire Gloucester DH 2
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-2 GLOUCESTERSHIRE E: PLAIN Gloucestershire DH 2
Grade: NGC MS 65 BN
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Owner Comments
Gloucestershire Gloucester DH #2 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: east view of a church and adjoining building ST. MARY DE CRYPT CHURCH Ex: AND SCHOOL. Reverse: the Arms of the Borough of Gloucester surmounted by a Cap of Maintenance with CITY TOKEN at the sides of the shield and P. KEMPSON FECIT alongside. Edge: Plain.
St. Mary de Crypt was first recorded in 1140 and is a cruciform Gothic church with a central tower. The adjoining building is the Free Grammer School of St. Mary de Crypt. St. Mary de Crypt is located on the east side of Southgate street.
One of the Gloucester building tokens made for collectors by Peter Kempson.
Slot: Gloucestershire Gloucester DH 8
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-8 GLOUCESTERSHIRE E: PLAIN Gloucestershire DH 8
Grade: NGC MS 65 BN PL
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Owner Comments
Gloucestershire Gloucester DH #8 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: a view of a single story ecclesiastical building - WHITE FRIARS. Reverse: the Arms of the Borough of Gloucester surmounted by a Cap of Maintenance with CITY TOKEN at the sides of the shield and P. KEMPSON FECIT alongside. Edge: Plain.
The building shown on the token is Greyfriars, a medieval monastic house founded in about 1231 and not the ancient friary of the Carmelite or White Friars which once stood outside the North Gate. Nothing remains of the Carmelite building which was destroyed some centuries before the token was issued.
One of the Gloucester building tokens made for collectors by Peter Kempson
Slot: Gloucestershire Gloucester DH 9
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Design Description:
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-9 GLOUCESTERSHIRE E: PLAIN Gloucestershire DH 9
Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
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Owner Comments
Gloucestershire Gloucester DH #9 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: a view of the ancient High Cross within a railing THE HIGH CROSS TAKEN DOWN IN 1751. Reverse: the Arms of the Borough of Gloucester surmounted by a Cap of Maintenance with CITY TOKEN at the sides of the shield and P. KEMPSON FECIT alongside. Edge: Plain.
The High Cross was first built during the reigh of Richard III at the intersection of the 4 Gate streets. It was rebuilt under the reigns of Henry VII and Henry III. It was taken down in 1751 as it was considered a nuisance to passing traffic.
One of the Gloucester building tokens made for collectors by Peter Kempson.
Slot: Gloucestershire Gloucester DH 11
Origin/Country: G.BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE G. BRIT - GLOUCESTERSHIRE Gloucester 1797
Design Description:
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-11 GLOUCESTERSHIRE E: PLAIN Gloucestershire DH 11
Grade: NGC MS 63 BN
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Owner Comments
Gloucestershire Gloucester DH #9 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: a view of the ancient High Cross within a railing THE HIGH CROSS TAKEN DOWN IN 1751. Reverse: the Arms of the Borough of Gloucester surmounted by a Cap of Maintenance with CITY TOKEN at the sides of the shield and P. KEMPSON FECIT alongside. Edge: Plain.
The High Cross was first built during the reigh of Richard III at the intersection of the 4 Gate streets. It was rebuilt under the reigns of Henry VII and Henry III. It was taken down in 1751 as it was considered a nuisance to passing traffic.
One of the Gloucester building tokens made for collectors by Peter Kempson.
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