The Symphony Set (Lastufka Collection)
1795, Great Britain, Forster's Conder Token

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: G.BRIT - MIDDLESEX
Item Description: 1/2P 1795 G.BRIT D&H-302 MIDDLESEX - FORSTER'S E: PLAIN
Full Grade: NGC MS 64 RB
Owner: Lastufka Collection

Set Details

Custom Sets: Collection Highlights (Lastufka Collection)
The Symphony Set (Lastufka Collection)
Competitive Sets: This coin is not competing in any sets.
Research: NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

Composition: Copper
Diameter: 29mm
Mintage: Unknown, but a Common Conder Token

Obverse: Crown and date surrounded by musical notation for "God Save The King", which is also the melody used for "America (My Country, Tis of Thee)".

Reverse: "WM Forster. Violin, Tenor & Violoncello Maker" along with the address in a double circle, surrounding The Prince of Wales’s crest.

Edge: Plain (some examples exist with lettered edges)

This was one of the first coins I purchased raw and had graded, it was an early addition to my NGC Registry Symphony Set.

Tokens like these were produced by private individuals and businesses in the late 18th century as population growth and the Industrial Revolution spiked demand and the government failed to supply enough coinage for every day use.

This token was made by William Forster, a highly-regarded instrument maker. Forster had an instrument shop in London, which is advertised on the reverse of this token.

Forster was also a music publisher and he entered into a deal with the composer Joseph Haydn to publish Haydn's works, including numerous symphonies, quartets, and solos.

Thankfully tokens were popular coins to collect, even back at the end of the 18th century, so this high grade piece survives today. While it may not be rare or scarce or particularly valuable, it is one of the highlights of my Symphony Set and I treasure it for that reason.


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