Lackington and Allen's Book Shop London Halfpenny 1795

Lackington & Allen’s London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: Bust to the right: “J. LACKINGTON FINSBURY SQUARE. 1795”. Reverse: A large figure of Fame blowing a trumpet surrounded by a double line of text: “HALFPENNY OF LACKINGTON. ALLEN & CO * CHEAPEST BOOKSELLERS IN THE WORLD”. Edge inscription: “PAYABLE AT THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSES .+.”. James Lackington was a bookseller with a large business at his premises known as “The Temple of the Muses”, No 32 Finsbury Place South, Finsbury Square, London. This token marked the sale of a 25% interest in his company to Robert Allen. Good collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 357. Diameter 28.1mm.  VF. £20.00

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