Scarce Cornwell's Dublin Halfpenny 1795


Scarce Cornwell's (County Dublin) copper halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: Bust to left with legend: "ALEXR. CORNWELL". Reverse: A shield bearing legend: "FOR TRADE" crested by the Prince of Wales' feathers, splitting the date: "1795" with sprigs either side. Plain edge. The issuer is unknown however Bell states it may have originated from a "button manufactory" in Smithfield, London, but is more likely to be one of Skidmore's specious pieces. Listed in Bell's "Specious Tokens and those struck for General Circulation" as "SCARCE". Later research has suggested that this is in fact attributed to Alexander Cornwell of Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland. Nice collectable condition for type with usual die flaw on obverse, see photograph.

D&H Dublin No: 307. Diameter 28.3mm. VF+. £45.00

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