Rare Portsmouth John Howard Liberty & Commerce (Talbot Allum & Lee)  Halfpenny 1794

Rare Portsmouth (Hampshire) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1794. Obverse: Bust to left of John Howard with legend: “IOHN HOWARD F. R. S PHILANTHROPIST”. Reverse: Standing Commerce holding liberty cap on pole with bale behind and legend: “LIBERTY & COMMERCE 1794”.  Edge inscription: “PAYABLE IN LONDON”. Although a specious token, the reverse die was used for the Talbot Allum & Lee series in the United States. Listed in Bell's “Specious Tokens and those struck for General Circulation 1784-1804” as “RARE”,  Bill McIvor more recently placed it as “SCARCE+ to RARE” in CTCJ #35. Good collectable condition for type with usual weak strike in centres, see photograph.

D&H Hampshire No: 56. Diameter 28.1mm. VF+. £145.00

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