Tokens from the Late David Griffiths Collection

Date of Auction: 7th December 2015

Sold for £200

Estimate: £150 - £200

17th Century Tokens, London (Metropolitan Middlesex), Shadwell, uncertain issuer [perhaps with the surname Hancock], Farthing, 0.72g/3h (Thompson SNC June 1990, p.158, this piece; N –; D –). Surfaces lightly pitted, otherwise fine, of the highest rarity and the only known specimen £150-200


Provenance: Found on the banks of the R. Thames near Rotherhithe, January 1990; P.D. Greenall Collection, Baldwin Auction 16, 30 October 1997, lot 173 [from M. Moran via Spink].

The punning obverse device of a cockerel atop an outstretched hand is presumed to refer to an issuer with the name Hancock