Thomas Spence's Charles Fox Lion Dismayed London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: Bust of Fox to right: "RT. HE. C. J. Fox" with diesinker's name: "JAMES" below. Reverse: A submissive lion retreating from a triumphant cockerel perched on a dung heap: "LET TYRANTS TREMBLE AT THE CROW OF LIBERTY 1795". Edge inscription: "SPENCE x DEALER x IN x COINS x LONDON x". Charles Fox was outspoken in his defence of the American Colonies, support of the French Revolution and a driving force behind the abolition of slavery, finally getting his Anti-Slavery Bill passed through Parliament shortly before his death. Produced by Thomas Spence, a reformer who rarely missed an opportunity to attack the politics of the day and spent some time in prison for his efforts. Lovely collectable condition, very neatly lacquered in the past, see photograph.
D&H Middlesex No: 766. Diameter 29mm. EF. £145.00
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