Scarce Hall's White Negress London Penny 1795

Scarce Thomas Hall’s London (Middlesex) copper Conder penny token dated 1795. Obverse: View of the celebrated "white negress" with legend: "MRS. NEWSHAM THE WHITE NEGRESS". Reverse: Legend on four lines in centre and around periphery: "TO BE HAD AT THE CURIOSITY HOUSE CITY ROAD * NEAR FINSBURY SQUARE LONDON 1795". Plain edge. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as: "SCARCE". Thomas Hall was a taxidermist and proprietor of an exhibition of stuffed animals and other curiosities at his premises at Finsbury Square, London. His "White Negress", Mrs Newsham is thought to have been an African albino who had previously been exhibited at a penny show at Bartholomew Fair. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 28a. Diameter 31.5mm. VF+. £175.00

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