Manchester Cotton Porter Canal Halfpenny 1793

Manchester (Lancashire) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1793. Obverse: Walking figure of porter carrying a heavy load on his back: “MANCHESTER HALFPENNY 1793”. Reverse: Coat of arms of lion rampant and three lis, crested by a crown: “SUCCESS TO NAVIGATION”. Engrailed edge. The legend refers to The Duke of Bridgewater’s canal from Worsley to Manchester, which passed over the river Orwell on a viaduct two hundred yards long and thirty-nine feet high. Manchester was a centre of the cotton trade and a porter carrying bales of cotton was therefore a common sight. Reasonable collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Lancashire No: 135e. Diameter 29.4mm. VF. £20.00

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