John Horne Tooke Treason Acquittal Halfpenny 1794


Political and Social Series (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1794. Obverse: Bust of John Horne Tooke to right with legend: “TRIED FOR HIGH TREASON J. H. TOOKE ESQ. 1794”. Reverse: Legend on seven lines, the first and last curved: “NOT GUILTY SAY THE JURY. EQUAL JUDGES OF LAW AND FACT. COUNSEL HON. T. ERSKINE V. GIBBS ESQR.”. Plain edge. This is the jury who acquitted John Tooke, Thomas Hardy and John Thelwell, of the charges of high treason, through lack of evidence. Reasonable collectable condition for type with usual weak strike, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 1047. Diameter 28.2mm. F. £10.00

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