Tom Tackle's Rich Sailor Poor Sailor Cutlass London Halfpenny

Tom Tackle’s London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token, undated. Obverse: A sailor brandishing a cutlass: “TOM TACKLE IS RICH * FOR KING AND COUNTRY”. Reverse: A sailor with a peg-leg begging with outstretched hat: “TOM TACKLE IS POOR * MY COUNTRY SERVD”. Plain edge. A fascinating token making political comment highlighting the poverty of sailors who have lost limbs in the service of King and Country. Difficult to find token in good collectable condition for type as they were all weakly struck, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 1048. Diameter 28mm. F+. £50.00

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