Provincial Tokens
Middlesex Kempson's London Buildings DH 48

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: G.BRIT - MIDDLESEX
Item Description: PENNY (1790'S)G.B. D&h-48 MIDDLESEX - KEMPSON'S E: PLAIN Middlesex DH 48
Full Grade: NGC MS 65 BN
Owner: farthing

Set Details

Custom Sets: Provincial Tokens
Competitive Sets: This coin is not competing in any sets.
Research: NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

Middlesex Kempson's Series of London Buildings and Gates DH #48 - Diesinker: Thomas Wyon, Manufacturer: Peter Kempson. Obverse: the front of a large building with three domes BETHLEM HOSPITAL. Reverse: The Arms of the City of London between palm branches crossed beneath the shield, legend on a raised rim LONDON PENNY TOKEN, a small ornament at the bottom. Edge: Plain.
Bethlem Hospital was founded in 1247 as the Priory of the New Order of out Lady of Bethlehem in Bishopgate, just beyond the city walls. It is unknown exactly when Bethlem (or Bedlam as it was commonly referred to) began to specialize in the care and control of the insane.
In 1678 the hospital was rebuilt in Moorsfield, Finsbury with the figures Raving and Melancholy flanking its gates. In the eighteenth century Bethlem was well known for its harsh treatment of the insane, the public could pay admittance to see the inmates in irons or chained to the walls.
One of Peter Kempson's series of London building tokens made for collectors.

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