Political and Social Series London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny
token dated 1794. Obverse: A map of France with a foot at it’s centre.
The legend (and it’s interpretation) as follows: “HONOUR” (trodden
underfoot), “THRONE” (turned upside down), “FRA-NCE” (divided),
“RE\LI/GI\ON” (cut in pieces), “GLORY” (defaced), “FIRE” (in each
corner), daggers (i.e. murder on every side), and bloodshed all over
with legend: “A MAP OF FRANCE 1794”. Reverse: Legend over a radiating
star within a wreath of oak leaves: “MAY GREAT BRITAIN EVER REMAIN THE
REVERSE” (i.e. the opposite of the anarchy in France). Edge inscription:
“CURRENT EVERY WHERE”. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as: “R - RARE”. This
was designed to make a satirical comment against the French whose
revolution had just overthrown the monarchy. Good collectable condition
with usual weak strike in places, see photograph.
D&H Middlesex No: 1016. Diameter 28.9mm. F+. £15.00
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