18th Century British Trade Tokens (5 October 2011)

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Date of Auction: 5th October 2011


Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Tamworth, Francis Blick, Trial Halfpenny, 1799, in white metal from unfinished dies, church and castle, former with tall steeples, rev. fb cypher, edge plain, 11.20g/12h (DH 22). Rather surface-marked in fields, otherwise very fine to extremely fine and of the highest rarity; believed only 3 specimens known £1,000-1,500


Provenance: W.J. Noble Collection, Part I, Noble Numismatics Auction 58B (Melbourne), 7-8 July 1998, lot 848 [from Spink 1987]; J.A. Bobbe Collection; bt J.A.B. September 2007.

The only other example noted by the cataloguer in commerce is the Norman/Hamer/Waite-Sanderson specimen, which is perhaps that illustrated in DH and inferior to the present specimen