British Tokens (1 October 2014)

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Date of Auction: 1st October 2014

Sold for £1,450

Estimate: £600 - £800

Anglesey, Amlwch, Parys Mine Co, die trial of the uncompleted obv. for a Halfpenny [1789], by J.G. Hancock, in copper, druid’s head left with curled ends to beard, no wreath, edge payable in anglesey london or liverpool, 13.72g (DH 272, this piece). About extremely fine and of the highest rarity £600-800

Footnote

Provenance: T. Bliss Collection; R. Dalton Collection [from T.B.]; A.H. Baldwin Collection, Spink Auction 43, 18 April 1985, lot 213.

Michael Dickinson has demonstrated (Spink Auction 192, lot 215) that this portrait was only used on 1789 halfpence (DH 357
ff)