Wainfleet Abbey and Hope Halfpenny 1793


Wainfleet (Lincolnshire) copper halfpenny token dated 1793. Obverse: View of Wainfleet Abbey with legend: “FOUNDED BY WILLIAM WAYNEFLETE 1459”. Reverse: A figure of Hope standing holding an anchor, with a sailing ship in the background and legend: “WAINFLEET HALFPENNY 1793”. Edge inscription: “PAYABLE AT THE WAREHOUSES OF D. WRIGHT & S. PALMER . X.”. The “Abbey” pictured was in fact Magdalene College which was founded by William Wayneflete who was also the founder of the college of the same name in Oxford. It closed as a school in the 1970s and is now a museum. Nice collectable condition with uneven reverse colour, see photograph.

D&H Lincolnshire No: 8a. Diameter 29.4mm. EF. £40.00

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