London Corresponding Society & Britannia Mule Halfpenny 1795 / 1794

Corresponding Society London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny mule token dated 1795 and 1794. Obverse: A flying dove with an olive branch in its beak: “UNITED FOR A REFORM OF PARLIAMENT * 1795 *”. Reverse: Britannia seated to left: “RULE BRITANNIA 1794”. Plain edge. Later addition to Dalton & Hamer. The London Corresponding Society was founded in 1792 in order to spread revolutionary doctrines, similar to those propagated in France following the Revolution, by pursuing political reform through education. It stressed the necessity of government by the people and highlighted the corrupt method of selection for Parliament, whilst advocating peace with France and abolition of slavery. It's greatest success was when 150,000 people attended one of their meetings in Copenhagen Fields, London in 1795. Ex-Neil Beaton Collection. Good collectable condition for type, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 289bis. Diameter 29mm. VG+. £35.00

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