John Horn's William Pitt Dover Library Halfpenny 1794


John Horn’s Dover (Kent) copper halfpenny token dated 1794. Obverse: Bust of William Pitt, the then Prime Minister, to right with legend: "THE R. HON. W. PITT. LORD WARDEN CINQUE PORTS:". Reverse: Arms consisting of a halved shield on which there is firstly, a mounted rider passing the portcullis of a castle and a man kneeling with outstretched arms in supplication. Facing is a single-masted sailing ship, it’s sails furled with pennant and flag flying with legend: "CINQUE PORTS TOKEN PAYABLE AT DOVER 1794". Edge inscription: "AT HORN’S LIBRARY", with the rest engrailed. John Horn was a freeholder with a business as a stationer and perfumer. He was also the proprietor of the Apollo circulating library and Public Reading Room at King’s Street, in the market place, Dover. William Pitt was appointed Constable of Dover and Warden of the Cinque Ports by Patent on 18th August 1792. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Kent No: 16. Diameter 28.7mm. VF. £45.00

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