John Baster's Brewery Devizes Halfpenny 1796


John Baster's Devizes (Wiltshire) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1796. Obverse: A standing stag with legend: "I. BASTER. DEVIZES WILTS 1796". Reverse: Arms of the town of Devizes, consisting of a triple-towered castle with standards flying, enclosed in shield with legend: "THE ARMS OF THE TOWN OF DEVIZES". Diagonally milled edge. Issued by John Baster. It was originally thought that John Baster was a freeholder and brewer in Devizes, and the stag probably referred to his brewery, perhaps "The Stag", or "White Hart Brewery". However, it has been suggested that John Baster was engaged in manufacturing breeches and gloves, and the stag may refer to the deer hide used in their manufacture. Ex-Gahlin Collection. Lovely collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Wiltshire No: 2b. Diameter 30.0mm. EF-. £75.00

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