18th Century British Trade Tokens (5 October 2011)

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Date of Auction: 5th October 2011

Sold for £2,600

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Birmingham, George Barker, Penny, 1800, bust of William Pitt left, rev. penny token for exchange around bee-hive and bees, the work of john gregory hancock aged nine years below, edge by george barker birmingham x x, 24.30g/12h (DH 17). Usual small die flaw on reverse at 4 o’clock, otherwise mint state and bronzed, the centres well struck up, extremely rare; almost certainly the finest specimen available to commerce £1,200-1,500


Provenance: F. Willis Collection, Glendining Auction, 13 May 1981, lot 233 [from Baldwin 1954]; J.A. Bobbe Collection; bt J.A.B. April 2001

6 struck