Ancient, British and World Coins and Banknotes (7 October 2004)

Date of Auction: 7th October 2004

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Buckinghamshire, Stowe, Skidmore’s Farthing, 1796, Hermitage building with tree and grass in foreground, rev. built anno domo 1704 within two concentric circles, edge grained, 3.82g/1h (DH 29a; Preston-Morley 1056). Extremely fine and attractively patinated, extremely rare (£800-1,000)


SNC May 1969 (12)
P. Preston-Morley Collection
SNC March 1972 (3435)
bt Spink 1975.

The building shown on the token is the Hermitage, designed and built by William Kent in 1731; the depiction shown is a mirror image taken from an engraving by G.L. Smith in
Gardens of Stowe, published by Benton Seeley in 1768