British Tokens from the Collection formed by the late Jeffrey Gardiner

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Date of Auction: 12th June 2018

Sold for £150

Estimate: £100 - £200

NORTHUMBERLAND, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, John Bell, Farthing (?), 1815, in lead, city arms, rev. shop-front, edge plain, 8.93g/12h (Davisson, CTCJ 66, p.7; W p.134; D 18). Very fine and extremely rare; sold as viewed and not subject to return £100-200


The status of this piece is uncertain. Withers opined that it is a fantasy struck for collectors (of whom John Bell was one) but Davisson has shown that it is apparently of the period, or at least dates to some time in the early 19th century