Provincial Tokens
Middlesex London and Westminster DH 86

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: G.BRIT - MIDDLESEX
Item Description: PENNY 1797 G.BRIT D&h-86 MIDDLESEX - LONDON E: I PROMISE TO PAY Middlesex DH 86
Full Grade: NGC MS 65 RB
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 London and Westminster Series DH #86 - Diesinker: Benjamin Jacobs, Manufacturer: Paul Skidmore. Obverse: A view of Lambeth Palace from the river LAMBETH PALACE Ex: BT. 1557 with two croziers in saltire, surcharged with a mitre. Reverse: The Arms of London and Westminster impaled, the Crest a Civic Cap. The whole between crossed palm and laurel branches LONDON AND WESTMINSTER PENNY . 1797 Edge: I PROMISE TO PAY ON DEMAND THE BEARER ONE PENNY X
Lambeth Palace sits on the south bank of the river Thames opposite Westminster and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The old palace was said to be built by Baldwin, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the late 12th century. The oldest part of the present palace appears to have been rebuilt in the 13th century, the Lollard's Tower dates to the 15th century, other parts have been added or restored over time.
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 one from his series of London and 'Westminster Pennies' that featured well known London buildings - mainly Guild-halls, Hospitals and Palaces. He issued them in quite small numbers - plus the dies that James engraved were quite brittle and many broke before the required number was struck. 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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