Scarce Spence's Slop-Seller Citizens Armed Newcastle Halfpenny 1795


Scarce Jeremiah Spence's Newcastle (Northumberland) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: A keelman in his best clothes (which would have been a flat hat, blue coat, yellow waistcoat, slate grey trousers, buckled shoes and a stick) with legend: *J. SPENCE * SLOP-SELLER * NEWCASTLE*. Reverse: Three armed citizens with legend: “WHO KNOW THEIR RIGHTS AND KNOWING DARE MAINTAIN * 1795. Edge inscription: SPENCE x DEALER x IN x COINS x LONDON x”. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as: “SCARCE”. Jeremiah Spence was a slop seller, or seaman's clothier, with a business on the quayside, and was the younger brother of Thomas Spence. Lovely collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Northumberland No: 8. Diameter 29mm. EF. £175.00

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