Rare Birmingham Workhouse Silvered Brass Two Shillings 1788 with W Countermark

Rare Birmingham Workhouse (Warwickshire) silvered brass Conder two shillings token dated 1788. These were two shillings and sixpence with the sixpence purposefully obliterated and given a "W" countermark. Obverse: Charity giving alms to a crippled beggar who has a boy in rags by his side, while Charity's left arm is around a naked child with "W" countermark below. Reverse: A cypher of "BWH" (Birmingham Work House) in script with legend: "TWO SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE 1788" with a "W" countermark. Plain edge. Listed in Bell's "Tradesmen's Tickets and Private Tokens" as "RARE" as only seventy-two were thought to be issued in total using a variety of metals, silver, white metal and brass. Because so few were issued, it is more likely to be a private token issued by one of the officials connected with the workhouse. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Warwickshire No: 1. Diameter 36mm. VF+. £130.00

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