Scarce Hancock’s London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1796. Obverse: An open umbrella in centre with legend: "I. HANCOCK. 19. LEATHER. LANE. HOLBORN. LONDON.". Reverse: Cypher "JH" in centre within circle of leaves and legend: "UMBRELLA MAKER & DEALER IN PROVINCIAL COINS • 1796". Plain edge. John Hancock was an umbrella manufacturer and coin dealer with his business in London. This was the replacement for the previous token when the dies broke. Listed in Bell's “Tradesmen's Tickets and Private Tokens 1785-1819” as “SCARCE”. Lovely collectable condition for type with a little subdued lustre remaining, see photograph.
D&H Middlesex No: 321. Diameter 28.8mm. AUNC. £250.00
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