The Collection of Staffordshire Tokens formed by the late Edward Watkin

Date of Auction: 21st September 2016

Sold for £460

Estimate: £100 - £150

17th Century Tokens, Eccleshall, Richard Hardman, Halfpenny, 1666, 1.63g/12h (N 4198; Watkin 21; BW. 16); John Snelson, heart-shaped Penny, 1671, 2.39g/12h (N –; Watkin 22A; D 16B) [2]. Mediocre, both rare, especially the second, of which only two specimens were known back in 1973 £100-150


Provenance: D 16B W.J. Faulkner Collection, Glendining Auction, 21-3 May 1940, lot 198 (part); B.W. Hunt Collection; SCMB June 1965 (16a).

The only other specimen of D 16B known in 1973 was that acquired by Dr Paul Robinson for the Central Library, Museum & Art Gallery in Stafford. This piece, acquired from a jeweller in Knightsbridge in October 1970, may well be the same specimen known to have been sent on approval in 1955 by Baldwin’s to Charles Orme, a private collector in Uttoxeter known to Mr Watkin