Rare Beehive & Industry London Halfpenny 1801

Rare London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1801. Obverse: A beehive surrounded by a wreath of rose, thistle, shamrock and oak with legend: "INDUSTRY THE SOURCE OF CONTENT" with "TP" in script beneath. Reverse: A garnished shield on which is: "FOR CHANGE IN TRADE", with legend: "TO CONVENIENCE THE PUBLIC 1801" around periphery. Plain edge. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as "R - RARE". The issuer "TP" is unknown. The wreath consisting of rose, thistle, shamrock and oak may have been to commemorate the union of Ireland with the rest of Britain in 1800. Good collectable condition for type, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 1029. Diameter 27mm. VF £50.00

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