Eaton's Cock and Swine London Halfpenny 1795

Eaton’s London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: Bust of Eaton to left over ribbon reading: “FRANGAS NON FLECTES” (break not, bend), legend: “D. I. EATON THREE TIMES ACQUITTED OF SEDITION.”. Reverse: A cock crowing over pigs in a sty: “PRINTER TO THE MAJESTY OF THE PEOPLE. LONDON. 1795”. Diagonally milled edge. Daniel Isaac Eaton was tried on a number of occasions for publishing seditious material. He was eventually found guilty of libel but managed to get away to America for three years, only to face fifteen month’s prison on his return, and the destruction of £28,000 worth of stock by fire. In 1812 he was sentenced to eighteen months in Newgate Prison and then an hour in the pillory where he was cheered and showered with flowers the whole time. He died in poverty a few years afterwards. For some time he occupied a shop at “The Cock and Swine” the emblem of which is featured on the reverse of the token. Lovely collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 301. Diameter 29.1mm. VF+. £55.00

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