British Tokens, Tickets and Passes, Wiltshire Coins and Paranumismatica (30 September 2021)

Date of Auction: 30th September 2021

Sold for £2,400

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

18th Century Tokens, LANCASHIRE/CANADA, Lancaster, Daniel Eccleston, Halfpenny, 1794, muled with the obv. of the Copper Co of Upper Canada Halfpenny, bust left, signed ponthon on truncation, rev. river-god reclining to right, holding trident, 4 in date with upper serif only, edge plain, 9.53g/6h (DH 57 bis [dies of DH 57 obv./Breton 721 obv.]; CTCJ 52, front cover, this coin; cf. Heritage 3051, 34139). Good very fine and exceptionally rare, very few specimens known £3,000-£4,000


Provenance: Bt Spink 2008.

It remains uncertain whether this piece was struck in or around 1794, which the die-axis would suggest, or at a later date by W.J. Taylor, as per the Copper Co of Upper Canada/Kentucky P.P.P. Myddelton mules, which began to surface on the market in the 1860s; it should certainly not be confused with the J. Rochelle Thomas series of Upper Canada forgeries put out in the 1890s. David Vice, in his detailed exposé of the Copper Co of Upper Canada series (SNC 1977), does not mention Eccleston/Upper Canada mules