Provincial Tokens
Middlesex Globe Series DH 122





Coin Details

Origin/Country: G.BRIT - MIDDLESEX
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-122 MIDDLESEX - CHESHIRE E: I PROMISE TO PAY Middlesex DH 122
Full Grade: NGC MS 62 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 Skidmore's Globe Series DH #122 - Diesinker: Benjamin Jacobs, Manufacturer: Paul Skidmore. Obverse: a cobbled street with a gateway and a church beyond EAST . GATE. CHESTER Reverse: a terrestrial globe on a stand with a rose and a thistle resting against two of its legs BRITISH . PENNY. Ex: 1797 Edge: I PROMISE TO PAY ON DEMAND THE BEARER ONE PENNY X.
Chester is an old Roman city and the four principal streets ran from the center to the cardinal points of the compass. Each of the principal streets ended in a gateway which have been taken down. The old East Gate was replaced in 1768 by a new one erected by Lord Grosvenor.
The family business of the token manufacturer Peter Skidmore was an iron foundry at 15 Coppice Row in Clerkenwell with a shop at No. 123 High Holborn. Skidmore realised that there was a market for tokens as the genuine tradesmen's pieces of the time were very keenly collected as they were issued.
Paul Skidmore was the son of Peter. This is from Skidmore's series of 'Globe Pennies' that featured well known Provincial buildings, mainly famous Castles and Churches throughout the UK. They were issued them in quite small numbers - plus the dies that Jacobs engraved were quite brittle and many broke before the required number was struck. It is possible that Skidmore made this globe series of pennies for the London coin dealer Denton. The coins were primarily sold to collectors but in these times of desperate need for copper change they often got into circulation alongside the regal copper and other genuine tradesmen's tokens.

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