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). Plain edge. This was designed to
make a satirical comment against the French whose revolution had just
overthrown the monarchy. Ex-Neil Beaton and Litrenta Collections. Good
collectable condition with neat old lacquer, see photograph.
D&H Middlesex No: 1016f. Diameter 29mm. VF-. £20.00
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