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


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